Turner Has Quick Decision Plan

With seven programs having offered him a scholarship, Alex Turner, the 6-1, 235-pound defensive end/linebacker from Las Vegas, said he wants to make a decision on where he'll play his college football very soon...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive end Alex Turner (6-1, 235) has seven scholarship offers to his name, and by the end of the month, those seven schools will be narrowed down to one school.

"I don't really have a top five," said Turner. "I plan to commit at the end of this month. I think it's time for me as a recruit to start doing some homework. My offers are from Washington, San Diego State, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Utah and UNLV. I'll choose from one of those."

Turner is being recruited as both an end and an outside linebacker, so the next few weeks will determine which spot he'll play, and at which school.

"Schools have me playing defensive end or linebacker so after I do some homework, I'll get a better feel of my top schools' preference for where I'll play," said Turner. "I really like my hand on the ground, but if I have to play linebacker, that's not a problem at all."

Turner has been taking in some unofficial visits to see some of the schools he's serious about. He's visited Oregon, Oklahoma, UCLA, Stanford and hometown UNLV.

"I was at Stanford this weekend and it was a really great place with a great environment," said Turner. "I really liked it up at Oregon and at UCLA and Oklahoma was all-business. My family is leaving the option to me but they said I better enjoy myself for four years because the decision is big."

Turner and close friend Xavier Grimble, the top-ranked tight end nationally by Scout.com, have often discussed playing together in college. "We talk about it all the time, how cool it would be to go to a school with someone I know. If he chooses the same school I do, then great, but we've got to make the best decision for ourselves," said Turner.

Turner said part of the reason for his early decision is to get focused on near year. "I really want to focus on the program that I'm going to, to get me on the right track, and focus on my senior season," said Turner. "We've got a new coach, who's a straight shooter and we'll be in the weight room working hard. So I want to get this over with."

Turner is also not planning on doing many camps this spring or summer, saving himself for one. "It will pretty much be working out by myself, but the school I do commit to, I'll be camping there," said Turner.

Academically, Turner has a 3.4 GPA and will take the SAT next month.

Last fall, Turner had 57 tackles and three sacks for the Gaels, and was a part of their state title team in 2007, as a sophomore.

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