September 1, 2004

Washington receiver looking for more offers

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Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel wide receiver Jamil Turner currently holds scholarship offers from Idaho and Montana State, but it's the attention that he's receiving from three Pac-10 teams - Oregon, Washington and Washington State - that is turning his head. None of those schools has offered yet, but they are showing him a lot of love. He told us that Washington is recruiting him the hardest and which schools he plans on visiting for his officials.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Turner still favors Oregon and Washington more than the rest, despite the fact that he does not have an offer from either school.

"Washington because they send me the most letters. I get a letter every day - sometimes two a day."

What are his thoughts on Washington?

"I like Washington - that's one of my favorites. They're rebuilding their program and it seems like they're doing pretty good. My friend goes there and I hang out a lot there already in high school."

Although he's comfortable with the campus already at Washington, he's also interested in the University of Oregon.

"They have a real nice facility in Oregon", he said. "Their crowd - the stands are always packed. It's a good place to play it seems like."

Although he's been mentioned at both wide receiver and safety, Turner said everyone he's spoken with at this point is recruiting him at wide receiver.

His team is just finishing up preseason practice, and school will be starting soon.

"We start (school) Friday", Turner said. "We started practice a week ago. We had two-a-days Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and then one practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We had a scrimmage yesterday (Saturday, August 28) against our scout team. We had a lot of penalties on our first team offense."

In looking for a college, the 6-foot-0.5, 186 pound Turner said he's looking at a few things.

"Where I'd fit into their program and where I can get a good education. I plan to study business."

Turner said that distance from his Washington home isn't an issue for either him or his mother. Early playing time isn't going to be a deciding factor for him either.

"If I'm ready it's really important, but if I have to take year to get stronger and faster then it really doesn't matter."

He's set a time frame for a decision of early December, before his basketball season begins. Turner has also decided where he's likely to take his official visits.

"I definitely want to take one to Washington and Oregon and probably one to Wazzou (Washington State) too. I might go to Idaho."

UCLA and Notre Dame are two other schools he is considering for official visits. He explained further why he has interest in Oregon and Washington and two other schools showing interest in him.

Oregon: "They've got real nice facilities, a nice field, and their crowd is really loud and crazy. It seems like a fun place to play."

Washington: "It is close to home. They are rebuilding their program and they look like they'll have a good season."

Washington State: "I like how the stadium is in the middle of campus. It seems like the whole place revolves around it."

UCLA: "It's in southern California, the weather is real nice, and their football team is pretty good too."

Jamil Turner is looking good to qualify academically with a 3.3 core GPA and an 860 score on the SAT exam. He will be taking that exam again this fall.

"Finding ways to get the ball" is what Turner feels is his greatest aspect as a player.

Turner runs the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds and the shuttle in 4.6 seconds. He has a bench max of 245-pounds, a squat max of 350-pounds, and a vertical leap of 34-inches. As a junior, he made 17 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns. He was selected first-team all-league as a wide receiver last season.

Duck Sports Authority will check back with him to see if an official offer comes from the Oregon Ducks.

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