Turner Eyes Opening Decision

Turner Eyes Opening Decision

Down to a final five in his recruitment, Clifton (VA) Centreville A.J. Turner is hopeful he can announce his college choice at The Opening next week.

Clifton (VA) Centreville A.J. Turner has started to see his recruitment slow down as of late and with him having a concrete top five of Clemson, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia. He is comfortable and confident enough that he has enough information to make his decision.

Turner - a four-star running back ranked No.40 in the country by Scout.com - would like to make his decision during Nike's The Opening next week in Beaverton, Oregon.

"Each school in my top five has something unique that they can offer me," Turner told Scout.com. "I still don't know where I want to go but the one important thing to me is that they all have campus ministry programs. Continuing to grow in my faith is important to me."

Outside of the importance of campus ministries, the 5-11, 187-pound Turner says possible early playing time and academics are other important factors in his decision.

"I'm fine with redshirting if I'm not ready (but) I just want to be able to get better each year," Turner said. "Academically I just want to know I will get the support that I need so I can better myself."

"I also want to go to a school that I know will be competitive and that I'll have a chance to compete in the new playoff format," Turner added. "I'll also consider how I fit in with the coaches, the team, how the team gets a long and if I like their coaching style."

Even though he would like to make a final decision next week, Turner is not opposed to waiting if he's not 100 percent comfortable with his final choice.

"I still have a lot of thinking to do," Turner said. "I'll talk with my parents and see where I feel comfortable playing my college football at."

Turner had a productive junior season rushed for 1,240 yards and 23 touchdowns and recording 440 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Even with those productive numbers, Turner was not expecting an invite to compete at The Opening.

"The person who runs The Opening saw my film, called me and thought I was underrated. He felt like I should have an invite so I could come compete," Turner said. "It was just an honor to be invited and I'm excited to go out there and show what I can do."

"I just want to go out there and meet new people because you never know who may be your future teammate," Turner added. "I'm looking forward to competing in the 7-on-7 tournament. It will be something that will only be a positive for me going forward."

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