Turner Talks Cardinal Commitment

Field Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014

Haltom City (Texas) Birdville running back Xavier Turner goes in-depth on his commitment to University of the Incarnate Word...

Haltom City (Texas) Birdville running back Xavier Turner picked up offers including UTSA, West Texas A&M, and Stephen F. Austin, and amidst continued interest from schools such as Southern Miss, TCU, and Oklahoma, the three-star running back ended his recruitment by announcing on Twitter that he had committed to the University of the Incarnate Word.

Turner's announcement came shortly after his visit to San Antonio to further explore the program.

"About a week ago, I went down there and I enjoyed it; I enjoyed the people, I enjoyed the town. It felt like home from right then and there. It was a great opportunity and I felt like it was the perfect place for me," he said.

The athlete's time on campus solidified the feeling that he had found a place within the Cardinals' program.

"They are a building school and it puts me in a place where I can come right in and help, make their football team a lot better. I just thought it was a great opportunity for me," he said.

Turner, who was named to Scout's All-Midlands after a stellar senior season, will graduate on June 1 (the date was pushed a week due to the inclement weather in Haltom City affecting the school) and plans to head down to campus soon afterwards.

"I'm most excited about getting down there, meeting the guys, and becoming a leader on their team. I want to help turn the program around and become a better player and a better kid all around," he said.

He's also looking forward to working with Heisman winner and former Texas Longhorn and NFL running back Ricky Williams, his soon to be position coach.

"I'm excited to learn the fundamentals from Ricky, as well as different life lessons. It's not all about football; he can teach me so much more as person, as a student-athlete, as a student, so I think it will be a great experience," he said.

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