Turner Emerges As A Top Safety Prospect

L.A. Pierce S Ezekiel Turner (6-2, 200) is having a solid freshman season and he's starting to draw a lot of recruiting attention. JCFootball.com caught up to the talented freshman who can leave after this season and he updated us on where things stand on the recruiting front and why he's so good at what he does on the football field...

"I'm a physical guy. I like to play with physicality and bring it on every play," Turner told JCFootball.com over the weekend. "I feel like I'm a pretty balanced player because I can cover a lot of ground and cover well, but I also like contact and I am good in the open field when I am going to make the tackle."

As a prep at Glen Burnie (Md.) High School, Turner didn't have a lot of coaches from four year schools after him, so he looked at the JC-ranks and a former coach guided him in the direction of the Brahmas.

"I had some D-2 offers, but I felt like I could play at a higher level than that," Turner recalled. "I talked to a former youth league coach of mine who felt like I should go the JC route and he knew some coaches out here with Pierce and he got me out here."

Turner enrolled this summer at Pierce and pushed for playing time right away, but he didn't start seeing significant playing time until the second game of the season.

"I didn't play much the first game because I think they were still trying to figure out if I could play or not," Turner said. "In the second game, I didn't start, but I played a lot of reps and then in the third game, they saw what I could do, so I started from the third game on."

So far this season, while helping his team to a 3-5 record, Turner has posted 35 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception and a pass breakup from his free safety spot.

On the recruiting front, things got off to a relatively slow start since many had no clue he was a full-qualifier as a prep. Now, with only a few weeks left in the regular season, four schools have offered and more could throw their hats in the ring soon.

"I got offered by Georgia State about three weeks ago, so they have been on me the longest," Turner said. "I got an offer from Arizona State one night after practice and then the next morning Washington and Indiana offered.

"It's really exciting and I'm thankful for those opportunities, but I definitely am wanting to wait and see what other schools are interested.

"My coaches are sending out my tape to schools and they are getting my name out there, so I'm going to wait a little bit and see what happens. I only get five visits, so I want to be sure what schools I want to see before I decide."

As noted earlier, Turner was a full-qualifier out of high school and he can leave shortly after the 2014 season ends. He will have four years to play three starting in 2015.

We will continue to keep track of Turner's progress and will update news on him as it happens.

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