May 3, 2010

Turner speaks well of MSU

Even at 6-foot-5, 340-pounds, New Orleans, La., offensive guard Trai Turner managed to fly under the recruiting radar until early spring.

Turner's first offer arrived in early March and they haven't stopped coming since swelling his list to 14 schools.

"I was pleasantly surprised to be honest," Turner said. "Being in my position, you see other people getting noticed so you ask yourself what can I do to get noticed like that. I just decided to work and go hard every play and that's what happened for me so far. The offers have been coming in and I can see that my hard work paid off."

Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, SMU, Southern Miss, Stanford, Tennessee and Tulsa have all extended offers to Turner.

One of Turner's early scholarships came from Mississippi State and the talented lineman has been building a solid foundation with his recruiting coach from the Bulldogs, Greg Knox.

"Me and Coach Knox have a good relationship," Turner said. "He's real cool, down to earth coach. He's been very honest and up front telling me about the situation up there. I really like the school. I like the possibility of coming in there and playing especially with the philosophy that Coach (Dan) Mullen has. I think they will be BCS Championship contenders next year to be honest."

Turner made the trek to Starkville this spring to take in MSU's junior day and also watch spring practice.



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