La Canada (Calif.) Saint Francis linebacker Jason Turner’s enthusiasm for the game of football is evident even over the phone. And why not? Football has always been a big part of his life.
“I’ve played the game since I was 7 years old," Turner said. "My dad coaches at West Los Angeles Junior College."
He is especially excited about the Big 12’s version of the game.
“Big 12 football is the real deal. They play my kind of physical game. I also love the fans in the Big 12. They’re crazy about their football. I went to watch Nebraska play in the Rose Bowl and their fans were amazing.”
Kansas State’s offensive coordinator, Ron Hudson, has been contacting Turner weekly by hand-written letter and the Wildcats are leading the recruiting race at the moment.
“K-State has had some great linebackers – Simoneau, Leber, Pierce – and I’d like to be a part of a program like that.”
However, he’s not ruling out other options.
“Washington is my other favorite. I’ve visited with their coaches a few times and they seem really interested in me. They’re looking at me primarily as a fullback.”
San Diego State, Oregon and Boston College have also come calling, but no offers have appeared yet.
Turner attended camp at Oregon this summer, but was a bit disappointed.
“It was a little crowded – over 1000 guys. It was hard for anyone to get a good look at me. I was killing everyone anyway trying to make a name for myself. I think I did.”
Since giving up baseball and basketball to concentrate on football and grades, Turner’s exuberance also applies to his attitude and skills.
“I have the right attitude to play football. I know the game well – move well sideline to sideline. I love hitting people.”
Those skills earned him first team all-state underclassman as a linebacker last season, as well as all-league honors. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Turner also recently set weight-lifting records for his high school with lifts of 365-pound bench-press, 550-pound squat, and 325-pound clean.