Recruit to watch: LB Jonathan Turner

One of the biggest and most physical linebackers on the west coast, Jonathan Turner, is down to three schools with one leading. Who is it?

At 6'3 and 240 pounds, Jonathan Turner, out of Corona High School, is a big, bruising middle linebacker who's known for his aggression and instinctive play.

"I just like hitting people. Flying around and hitting," he explained. He's also an imposing tailback and teams with another top prospect in lineman Matt Spanos, to form quite a duo. Although he could easily grow into a defensive end, most schools, including USC, like Turner's athleticism and physical play at linebacker so much that he's receiving most of his recruiting attention for that position.

"Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and USC are some of the schools that have called recently," remarked Turner. "Coach Sarkisian called from USC last week. He was just asking about our game that was coming up and he talked to me about who they were playing and everything." Coach Sarkisian and the Trojan staff have obviously made a positive impression on Turner as he said the Trojans hold a firm lead over Oregon and Washington at this time. In addition to his top-3, he has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, and San Diego State. "I'm looking at the academics of course, the coaching staff, the program, and the football team. Distance from home is kind of important. My parents like SC because it's close."

Despite the fact that Turner and Spanos are considering many of the same schools, Turner said that a package deal has never been discussed and it's not something that will factor into either of their decisions.

Turner talked a little about what has him leaning to USC, and the coaching staff is a big factor, "Just when I started talking to the coaches, when I got to know them and I went down and watched practice, I really started liking them. Coach Sarkisian, he's real cool. I've been up to USC once for the practice and once for the Nike Camp. It's nice. I like it."

Although he missed the USC–Colorado game this past weekend, Turner did note that he's been impressed by the team's play so far, "I didn't see the game, but I did see the highlights. That was a good game. It was nice, I like their defense. They really fly around.  I made it out to the Auburn game before that. I didn't go back to the locker room or anything though.  I didn't know we were supposed to go down there until [Matt] Spanos called up and told me. That was a really good game though."

Corona took on Ayala this past weekend and lost in a close contest, although Turner still had a good game individually, "We played Ayala and lost by 3," he said. "I think I had a pretty good game. I didn't get my stats yet, but I know I got one sack, but I'm not sure how many tackles. I also had a touchdown at tailback."

Turner, who had a busy summer in the weight room and in passing league, has a max of 315 pounds on bench and 500 on squat. He also jumps 29'3'' in the vertical jump and has run a 4.75 forty.


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