Familiar Name: Marcus Turner

Marcus Turner is a 6-0, 176-pound defensive back prospect from Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo, and is also the son of the former Bruin defensive back with the same name from the 1980s. The younger Turner is getting recruiting attention from schools across the country, and he tells us his opinion of his childhood favorite...

Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo cornerback Marcus Turner (6-0, 176) grew up a UCLA fan, and with good reason: His father, Marcus Turner, Sr., played for the Bruins in the secondary from 1985-1988, and was a teammate of Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell.

And though the Bruins are still the team he watches, Turner is starting to come into his own as a prospect and is getting attention from several schools.

"I've been hearing from a lot of different schools, Stanford, Arizona State, Harvard, Nevada and San Diego State," said Turner. "San Diego State has talked to me and they said they're going to try and get an offer out. And I like UCLA, Hawaii and USC."

This weekend, Turner will be visiting Tempe, attending Arizona State's 1-Day camp and then he'll be at UCLA next weekend for the Bruins' 1-Day Camp. Next month, he'll be at the USC Rising Seniors Camp.

Turner said that his childhood was spent watching the Bruins and an offer from them would make a big impact. "My favorite school was UCLA because my dad went there and played there," said Turner. "If they offered, I would lean towards them but I would still look at all of my options."

For now, Turner said that Arizona State is his current favorite, the Tempe area not foreign to him thanks to his father's NFL career. "My dad played with the Cardinals for the first part of his career," said Turner, whose dad also played for the Jets during his seven-year NFL career. "Arizona State is my favorite school right now and I'm liking them a lot."

Turner is continuing to learn under his father's tutelage, playing for his dad at Cabrillo. The senior Turner helped turn around the once mediocre Hueneme (Calif.) High program, coaching the Vikings when Charles Dillon (Washington State) and Josh Pinkard (USC) were there, before he returned to his Long Beach roots to take over the Cabrillo program.

"It's cool playing for him, I've learned a lot from him," said the younger Turner.

This spring, several colleges visited the Cabrillo campus, including Stanford, San Diego State, Arizona State, Nevada, UNLV, Colorado, Colorado State, UC Davis, Harvard and Penn.

Turner, who has a 3.9 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time this Saturday, has an interest in the Ivy Leagues. "I've been getting some interest from Harvard, and Penn came by the school," said Turner. "I'd be open to going to the Ivy League, but the West Coast is my first preference."

His timetable for a commitment is what he'd consider "in the middle." Turner said, "I wouldn't want to commit too early, but I don't want to commit too late and lose an offer. So I'd probably like to commit sometime during the season."

Turner had 30 tackles and an interception during his all-league junior season for Cabrillo.


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