Marcus Turner Hearing from UCLA

The 6-0, 180-pound cornerback from Long Beach Cabrillo, Marcus Turner, the son of the former UCLA great of the same name, considers himself a "soft" verbal to another Pac-10 school as UCLA shows interest in him...

Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo cornerback Marcus Turner (6-0, 180) committed to Stanford in June, giving the Cardinal an early commitment. But in late October, Turner decided to open up his recruitment somewhat.

"I was opening up my recruitment to see some of my other options," said Turner. "I wanted to cover all of my steps because I hadn't been accepted yet to Stanford."

Then Turner got what he was waiting for.

"I found out last week that I was accepted by Stanford," said Turner. "It was very relieving to get admitted. It is nice to know that aside from playing football, my academics could get me into a school like Stanford."

But even with the acceptance, Turner still considers himself a "soft" verbal. "I'm still committed to them, but it's not solid because I still wanted to see some of my options," said Turner. "I'm still a soft verbal there and if Signing Day were tomorrow, I'd definitely sign with Stanford."

Turner said that two schools have been showing interest in him, Fresno State and UCLA, his childhood favorite and the school where his father, former NFL defensive back Marcus Turner Sr., played.

"UCLA has picked up the interest a little," said Turner. "Coach (Eric) Scott and Coach (DeWayne) Walker said they just want me to send some more film and want to see some more of me. So I'm giving them what they want. I was at the game this weekend with Arizona State. I'm trying to see how that works out. If they offered me, I'd have to consider it. But I'm still leaning towards Stanford."

Turner said the Stanford coaching staff understood his position, which he appreciated. "They understood why because a lot of guys have to worry about if they're going to get accepted," said Turner. "I just wanted to cover all of my bases and find out if I got admitted."

Turner has already visited Stanford, taking a trip there in September when the Cardinal hosted Oregon. "It was nice, I had a lot of fun on that trip," said Turner. "I got to meet with the coaches and some of the other people at the school, and I really liked it. Richard Sherman was my host on my trip and he's real cool."

Turner's senior season came to a close last weekend in a loss to Long Beach Millikan.


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