By: David Franklin
For me covering recruiting is a passion. I love everything about it. Whether it’s interviewing potential recruits, covering camps, class breakdowns, or helping an athlete gain exposure I truly enjoy every aspect. One of my favorite parts of the process is watching film. Breaking it down and studying a players game is nice but every now and then you come across something that is just special. Every now and then you don’t even stop and rewind it, you let it play because you can’t wait to see what’s next and then when it’s over you start the whole thing over again. That’s what happened to me when I decided to watch film on Darin Turner, a WR / Safety out of Memphis Central. I mean just the difference in size alone between him and his opponents is enough to make it hard to stop watching. And trust me, there is plenty of talent to go along with that and when you put all of that together, well it’s easy to lose track of time as you move from one highlight reel to the next.
As I said before Darin is a WR at Memphis Central HS who also sees time at Safety. Although he’s listed at 6’3″ 205 pounds on some sites he told me he is actually at 6’4″ 217 pounds and that’s with a full off season to continue to grow and get stronger. And if I wasn’t already impressed with what I saw I continued to be amazed when I saw him take snaps at QB and move out of the pocket and down the field. His two way ability isn’t just an every now and then thing, in fact when I asked about WR being the position he’s being recruited for he told me “It is but I’m an athlete so I’ll play any position.” With this kind of size physicality is an obvious part of his game but it’s not all of his game. He has the kind of hands that allow him to make some catches that well, just wouldn’t be made by just anyone.
So now we get to the whole point of this article. Turner, who has a who’s who list of offers, recently backed of his commitment from LSU two weeks after visiting the Miami campus and although he doesn’t have a top list yet told me that THE U is in pretty good shape and maybe a top five school for him but he hasn’t made that decision just yet. The competition for his services is fierce as several heavy hitters such as Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Louisville, and Arkansas all have thrown their sales pitch at him. There is no timeline for his decision and he said “it might just happen out of the blue.” Miami WR Coach Taylor Stubblefield is leading the charge for the Hurricanes and Turner said he talks to Coach Stubbs about every other day. He lists Miami’s reputation for putting players in the NFL, academics, and the private school setting as things he likes about the Canes. I have a feeling the list of things they like about him would be too many to mention.