Houston Madison offensive lineman "Big" Patrick Turner has a Division I body, but some recruiters want more proof. His play has spoken loudly over the past two weeks as the Marlins have posted two victories.
"I'm doing what I can," he laughs.
Turner's easy-going attitude seems to be his only draw back. He has the size, grades and experience to be a major Division I prospect, while he is growing into his mean streak. Schools taking notice are Oklahoma State, Houston, UTEP and Indiana among others, who have been calling Turner during this contact period.
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Houston, UTEP and Indiana have offered, but the 6-6, 320-pound lineman favors the Cowboys and would like to join teammate Donnell Williams in Stillwater next season.
"I've gotten some calls from OSU, UTEP, Houston and Indiana," he said. "Me and my mom like OSU and I want to set up a visit in October. Houston has really shown a lot of interest and I like them also."
Turner's Marlins are off this weekend but face neighborhood rivals Yates High School and quarterback Orie Lemon next week.
"I'm actually zoned to Yates, but I've been going to Madison since my freshman year," he said. "We all know each other and played little league with each other. It out to be a good game."
Defensive end James Dancy joins Williams and Turner as Madison's Division I prospect. Dancy has terrorized opposing offenses and special teams, blocking punts and wrecking offensive lines. Junior running back Cory Taylor has led the offensive running attack as the school's leading rusher.