March 16, 2010

Turner impresses at 7-on-7

Playing along big time receivers is nothing new for Delray Beach Atlantic's Ezekiel Turner. This past fall he shared catches with Ohio State signee James Louis and Ole Miss signee Quadarias Mireles. So when 5 foot 10, 165-pound Turner traveled to the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 this past weekend, it was no surprise he accepted his role and flourished in the same receiving corps as Dwyer's Nick O'Leary and Glades Central's Kelvin Benjamin.

While O'Leary and Benjamin garnered most of the attention, Turner constantly found openings in the defense using his quickness. His quickness was not the surprise, it was Turner's ability snare any passes in his vicinity.

"One of my favorite plays was I leaped in the air and caught a real high pass and I came down at the five and I had to dive to get in the end zone," explained Turner.

Turner was mainly used this past fall in the slot, but this past weekend he played a variety of positions.

"I'm used to spreading out as a slot receiver sometimes, but I was all over the field," said Turner. "I was at wide out and also I played a lot of running back. Me and Tre Mason (Park Vista RB) were switching, he would go to slot then I would go to slot."

The event featured many of the top prospects in the state of Florida. When you bring them together, the competitive juices and intensity on the field get amplified to that of a December playoff game at times. Turner enjoyed being a part of that.

"At first I didn't get a lot of plays or reps, but towards the end I got more reps and I felt like I gave it my all and did all I could do. It was a real good experience. That atmosphere up there, I liked that, it was a real nice camp."

Of all the star players at the event, a Team SoFLA teammate grabbed the attention of Turner the most.

"There was a lot of guys up there. The one that caught my eye was Nick O'Leary. He was doing a hell of a job. He was catching everything, he wasn't dropping nothing."

On the recruiting front for Turner, two schools have been contacting the Atlantic receiver the most.

"I've been emailing and talking to Illinois and FAU a lot. They have been showing really great interest in me. . . They send me hand written personal cards."

Turner has been talking to Illinois assistant Jeff Brohm frequently and claims to have a verbal offer from the Illini.

"They have a really really high interest in me. . . I've watched them on TV before and I love the offense they run also."

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