Turner discusses UW verbal

Missouri tight end committed to the Badgers after a late June camp visit

Mickey Turner, a class of 2006 tight end prospect from Camdenton (Mo.) High School, did not have to search far and wide for first-hand advice on the world of college football recruiting.

Turner, who made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin following a camp visit in late June, has spent his life surrounded by college football players. His oldest brother, McCabe Turner, was a linebacker at Division II Central Missouri State from 1991-94. Another older brother, Tate Turner, "went to Arkansas as a fullback and ended up playing linebacker," and graduated in '96, Mickey said.

"My dad also played defensive end for Arkansas at the beginning of the 70s," Mickey said.

"I've always kind of been around football but having them, I already knew what to expect with the whole recruiting stuff," Mickey said.

Turner said he began receiving interest from UW this spring, following the conclusion of his basketball season. In April, Wisconsin was among the programs that received a highlight film from him. In correspondence with the Badgers, including a phone call during the May calling period, Turner arranged to take in the Madison, Wis., campus in late June, following a one-day camp with a one-day unofficial visit.

"They offered about a week before the camp," Turner said. "I think they were really impressed with my highlight film."

Turner was impressed with his visit to UW and committed during his post-camp unofficial.

"The day after the camp, Coach Mason [wide receivers coach Henry Mason], he's the guy who recruits my area," Turner said. "He kind of showed me around. I met all the coaches. And then that's when I committed."

Why Wisconsin?

"It's got pretty good academics so that's what my mom and dad like a lot," Turner said. "It just felt a lot like a college town. Then the coaches showed me around the facilities and it's all really cool. I thought it would be a smart move."

Wisconsin is Turner's only scholarship offer. He said he had also been looking at Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas State and Harvard. During the May calling period, he received phone calls from Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and a few Ivy League schools.

Turner has been to several combines this summer, including the Scout.com combine in Champaign, Ill. At that event he checked in at 6-foot-3, 233 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.38 and the 3-cone drill in 7.56.

Turner said he is currently 6-4, 240 with a bench press at 315 pounds, a squat of 515 and a best 40 time of 4.72 seconds.

In addition to the one-day camp at UW and the Champaign combine, Turner attended a one-day event at Missouri, a Nike combine in Oregon and a Peyton Manning camp in Louisiana.

Turner has played on the Camdenton varsity since his freshman season, and has been a starting defensive end since the team's fifth game that year. This fall he will be embarking on his third straight season as a two-way starter at tight end and defensive end.

Last season, Turner caught 18 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. On defense he had 65 tackles, 16 for loss, nine sacks, one interception and six batted down passes.

Turner said he has been primarily recruited as a tight end.

"(The Badgers) are pretty much recruiting me as a tight end," he said. "The only schools who are looking at me at defensive end are a couple of the smaller schools like Miami of Ohio and Northern Illinois. But the bigger ones were all wanting me at tight end."

Does he have a preference?

"I prefer to play," Turner said. "I'd play either side happily."


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