Could 'Backer Prospect Turner Be the Guy?

Terrell Turner, the 6-2, 225-pound linebacker prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, was named the best linebacker at the B2G Camp, over many other elite prospects. He has a couple of Pac-10 schools at the top of his list, and UCLA, being one of them, has some huge Crenshaw connections...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw linebacker Terrell Turner (6-2, 225), hasn't received a scholarship offer yet. But Turner said that since his standout performance at the B2G Elite Football Program in June, he went from hearing very little from any colleges, to hearing more than he anticipated.

"Since B2G, UCLA and USC both got more involved and Washington has been on me a lot more," said Turner. "I guess going there was a good decision."

Turner said that one school was standing out as his favorite, with a local school right there in the mix.

"Right now, I'd say that Washington is my favorite, then UCLA. Coach (Eric) Yarber (from Washington) is recruiting me pretty hard. USC, Oregon State and Arizona State are all next," said Turner. "Basically, the coaches have all said that they want to see me some more at linebacker at the beginning of my senior year and then they will offer. I only played about 7-8 games at linebacker last year because I was playing defensive end. Now that I'm playing inside, I'm showing what I can do."

Crenshaw offensive coordinator Eric Scott, a former UCLA receiver, has been dropping hints about Turner to the Bruin staff. "Coach Scott has been telling them about me," said Turner. "Coach (DeWayne) Walker, the defensive coordinator there at UCLA, has been the one recruiting me. Raymond (Carter) and Brian (Price) are going there and we talked about playing together before. If Washington or UCLA offered me, I might commit, but I do want to take some of my trips though." Playing with Carter and Price now, though, has allowed Turner to up his game. Turner said, "Me and Raymond were just talking about how going up against him is making me better. And Brian and I were just talking about how he's going to get all these double teams and allow me to make plays. Playing with both of those guys, they are real good players and make us a better team," said Turner.

Some of the non-league games that Crenshaw has on its schedule will allow Turner to stand out in those crucial first few games. Of the four key non-league games, each team has a touted running back: Merced (3-star back Garrett Turner), Taft (4-star running back./linebacker Malcolm Smith), Dominguez (4-star back Brandon Johnson) and McClymonds (3-star back Willie Griffin).

"I'll get to show right away what I can do," said Turner. "But I'm not just going to shine in those games. I plan to show off in all of my games."

Turner was a relative unknown prior to the B2G, but his performance there, with 4-star ‘backers like D.J. Holt, Jordan Campbell and Akeem Ayers, gave him a boost and gave him the name recognition he had been craving.

"Terrell Turner was the best linebacker at the camp," said B2G founder Henry Bell. "Coming from the linebacker coach (Willie Champion), he said he was easily the best linebacker at the camp, and he can run."

Turner was pretty amped about his performance as well. "It gave me a lot of confidence and it made me feel real good that the coaches thought I did so well," said Turner. "Now I hope the scholarships start coming."

Turner had 87 tackles last season with four sacks and an interception during an all-league campaign for the City Section champions.

Academically, Turner has a 3.1 GPA and took his SAT earlier this spring.

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