Staking an early claim as one of the nation’s top wide receivers for the Class of 2005 is Nashville (Tenn.) Goodpasture’s Patrick Turner.
Turner (6-5, 210, 4.55) has already received scholarship offers from “everybody in the southeast with the exception of Florida State,” according to Goodpasture coach David Martin.
“He’ll be able to go anywhere he wants to go,” Martin said. “He’s that good.”
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Turner is already a two-time all-state selection. As a junior, Turner caught 56 passes for 955 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the Cougars to an 8-3 record. He hauled in 56 receptions for 1,033 yards and 14 scores as a sophomore.
“And most of those come against double- and sometimes triple-coverage,” Martin said. “He has to do it the hard way, but he makes it look real easy at times.
“He has such natural instincts as a receiver. He has tremendous hands. He catches everything with his hands, and they’re very soft. He can adjust to the ball well while it’s in the air. And obviously, he’s just a great physical specimen.”
Martin said Turner’s build shocks a lot of scouts when they see him for the first time.
“I think a lot of them come in expecting a skinny kid,” he said. “But when they see him in person, they’re shocked at what a great-looking developed kid he is.
“He walked in here like that as a freshman. I knew we had something special.”
Martin said Turner was taking an open approach to his recruitment at this point – “I think he’s just backing off and watching what happens” – but anticipates Florida, Miami, Tennessee, LSU and Alabama to be the top schools on his early list.
“I know Tennessee and Miami will be a couple of the camps he goes to this summer,” Martin said.
Turner is also solid in the classroom, sporting a 2.5 GPA. He is expected to be an easy qualifier.