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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Coach: Turner 'a serious D-1 prospect'

By Damon Sayles

DeSoto (Texas) head coach Claude Mathis has made it a priority to have one of his players verbally committed by national signing day.

After safety Myron Turner unexpectedly lost his scholarship offer with Washington State, Mathis said he’s been working diligently to get Turner’s name out to the college football masses. Turner, a 6-foot, 175-pound, two-star defensive back, had the offer pulled at the beginning of the week, but Mathis said schools have been reaching out and showing interest.

“Sam Houston State seems really interested,” Mathis said. “One of the coaches at Wyoming gave me a call. I’m just hoping things work out for [Turner]. He’s a good kid.

“He’s hurt about the whole thing, but he’s got a lot of confidence in me right now. I’m hoping I can find something for him. Myron is a serious D-1 prospect.”

Mathis, a former college running back and record-holder at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State), has four players currently committed to FBS programs, the most recognized name being ESPN 150 running back Dontre Wilson, an Oregon commit. Mathis is hoping to have three or four players committed before Feb. 6, including Turner.

“He’s a long, slender kid who plays the run very well,” Mathis said of Turner. “He’s gotten even better towards the end. He’s really fast, and he plays very good defense.”