Picture perfect

Wisconsin commit Mickey Turner enjoyed an undefeated season and state championship his senior year

Mickey Turner's senior season at Camdenton (Mo.) High School was about as good as it gets.

Turner, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end prospect who verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin in June, and his Ozarks teammates won a state championship with a perfect 14-0 record. They defeated Affton 36-19 in the state title game.

"We had a lot of seniors this year," Turner said. "And me and a couple of the other guys were three-year starters so we knew what was going on. And ever since seventh grade, this grade that I'm in has been undefeated. So we knew we had what it takes."

"The only bad thing about it is just that it's over," Turner said. "I think a lot of guys feel that way. We'd play all year if we could."

Turner, though, does have a college football career to look forward to. He will play basketball this winter while training for his time as a Badger.

"I don't focus on (basketball) that much," he said. "… I play basketball and then in the spring I just lift."

Turner enjoyed a productive season on both sides of the ball, earning first-team all-conference and all-district as a tight end and defensive end. He expects to receive all-state acclaim when those teams are announced. Turner caught 34 passes for 475 yards and five touchdowns, and had 57 tackles, nine sacks, five forced fumbles and batted down eight passes.

"Individually, I just felt like I could control the game a little bit more (this season)," Turner said. "Especially on the defensive side of the ball, and like on the offensive side of the ball, like third-and-long, we needed a pass play I felt like I was the one that could make a play."

Turner attended a UW camp last summer and took an unofficial visit for the Wisconsin-Purdue game in Madison. His official visit is scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 9.

"I'm just hoping to kind of get a feel like what college life will be like," Turner said. "Especially the feel of the university."

Turner said he usually talks to a Wisconsin coach once a week.

"Usually (receivers) coach (Henry) Mason because he's the guy that recruits my area. Sometimes (tight ends) coach (Paul) Chryst and a couple times (future head coach Bret) Bielema," Turner said.


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