Friday, December 28, 2012
2014 RB Turner keeping options open
By William Wilkerson
The Longhorns are in good shape at running back in 2014 with the commitments of Donald Catalon and Daniel Gresham. The odds of them taking a third running back in this class could hinge on if they decide to take one in 2013 after the decommitment of Kyle Hicks.
Class of 2014 RB Xavier Turner has Oklahoma No. 1 early but he hasn't been offered by any schools.
Should Texas seriously go after third back in 2014 it might look the way of Birdville’s Xavier Turner. The soft-spoken, well-mannered Turner rushed 207 times for 1,590 yards and 31 touchdowns, and also caught 22 passes for 349 yards and four scores this season. That’s all while missing three games with an ankle injury early in the season.
For reasons not explainable, Turner hasn’t received any offers yet.
“Hey, it’s not frustrating,” he said. “It’s just not my time right now. Being that I missed three games with an ankle injury, my numbers could have been greater than they are. Things will hopefully come my way later.”
The offers aren’t there but the interest is really starting to pick up.
“Missouri, Texas, Indiana, OU, TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Alabama, Boise State and a few more have contacted me,” he said. “All the main schools you could possibly think of.”
One school that Turner is really excited to see show interest is Oklahoma, one of the schools he grew up rooting for as a kid.
“I grew up watching Adrian Peterson. So that made me like Oklahoma,” he said. “I’ve been looking at TCU. Just looking to open up my options. I grew up watching OU and Tennessee because I am from Tennessee.”
Turner, who moved to Texas in fourth grade, really likes the Sooners but he wants other programs like the Longhorns to know that he is definitely interested.
“It’s not that I am not a Longhorns fan. Hey, one of my good friends [Reggie Wilson] goes there,” he said. “I am just really leaving my options open. Of course, OU is my No. 1. But I want to let other colleges know that it is not just OU. I don’t want them to think it’s OU, OU, OU.”
Wilson, who grew up a street over from Turner, has been in Turner’s ear about the Longhorns. As has Johnathan Gray, who is telling him to keep his head up while he waits for schools to come along.
“He’s been in my ear a little bit about everything just saying not to worry about everything,” Turner said of Gray. “Colleges will come my way. I am just taking advice and running with it.”