COMMIT: Cougs land "long" safety from Texas

TEXAS SAFETY MYRON TURNER was flying under the radar until this spring. He had played behind a couple of seniors in 2011 who went on to commit to Texas and LSU. But during the May Evaluation, Washington State was by to see the Dallas area prospect and he tore it up -- and that was the start of the process that saw him ultimately go crimson this week.

Turner was offered by WSU on Tuesday and after discussing it with his parents, verbally committed on Tuesday night, Desoto High head man Claude Mathis told CF.C.

"I think Washington State got very, very lucky in getting this young man… they did a great job in their evaluation," Mathis told CF.C.

And when it comes to this recruiting class, Mike Leach, who also has a verbal from Dallas area wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, might not be done in Texas.

"This is my first experience with Leach but I always had kids consider Texas Tech," Mathis said. "Leach has always been good to the Texas Coaches association and always had a good relationship with high school coaches."

TURNER COULD play safety or corner at the next level, said Mathis, though he expects him to be a safety at WSU.

"He had a great spring for us,"said Mathis. "He's one of those guys who had a chance to learn behind other guys and he's always in the situation to make plays.

"Most of my players don't get a lot of playing time until they are seniors."

TURNER WAS INITIALLY listed as a 5-10, 165-pound corner in Scout's database.

"He's more like 6-foot, 6-1 and 175-180 pounds," said Mathis. "Washington State really likes his upside -- that he's tall and long.

"And he has great speed."

TURNER, ALSO A track standout, was clocked this year at 11.06 in the 100 meters and 22.81 in the 200-m.

He was clocked at 4.4 in the 40 at a recent camp event down in Texas.

"He's definitely a Division I football player. Academically, he's very smart... He's always around the football and he works his butt off, that's why his upside is so great, because he works so hard," said Mathis.

Mathis said one other FBS school, from Texas, had offered.

"He has had a lot of teams looking at him and it was all coming down to his video," Mathis said. "I think Washington State is lucky to grab him now because more people were going to try and come after him.

"I can't disclose which other offers he had… but he will have a great career there at Washington State."

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Braulio Perez contributed to this report

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