Tackling machine tripping to Pullman

CRENSHAW HIGH in Los Angeles has a reputation for producing D-IA players and linebacker Terrell Turner, who takes an official visit to Washington State this weekend, holds a crimson offer plus a pair of others. Six-foot-3 and 230 pounds is big for a prep linebacker but not for a lineman, yet that's where Turner pulled double duty at his senior year and excelled at both positions.

Turner was offered by WSU area recruiting coach Kelly Skipper just before Christmas.

"He's a great guy. I met him before we went on break and then later he called down again...They're a cool school, I've watched them play a lot," said Turner.

Besides Washington State, Nevada (offer), San Jose State (offer) and Arizona State are showing the most interest, Turner said. He is scheduled to trip to San Jose State Jan. 19 where a couple players on the team are friends of Turner's from Crenshaw, and a trip to ASU may also be set up for later this month.

Turner said he has no clear favorite and that distance will not be a factor.

"It doesn't matter at all to me," said Turner. "My dad wants me to go outside of the state, my mom wants me to stay but it really doesn't matter."

Academics, playing time and "the fit" with players and coaches will be key considerations, he said.

"I'm looking at all the schools, and where I can come in right away and play," said Turner. "Academics is first, and also my surroundings. My parents always tell me to check on academics and surroundings because you always have to have a backup plan."

TURNER IS NEW to the linebacker position, having played defensive tackle despite his size until midway through his junior year. His senior year he logged time on the offensive line, drawing notice from college for his strength and toughness.

"They say I'm a great leader and I'm versatile out there -- I played both offense and defense this year, offensive line actually. They like that I played offensive line/linebacker and led my team in tackles. And they like that I come from a hard nosed football team. In my whole season, I had 168 tackles."

Turner was named 4A All-L.A. City Section Football Team on offense for his work up front on the line this season but his future at the next level will be on defense.

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