Josh Turner

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When head coach Charlie Strong first outlined his five core values, Texas safety Josh Turner understood them to be a solid guideline for him and his teammates — a set of rules to help steer the football team in the right direction.

It wasn’t until the senior, who likely doesn’t have a future in football, went out into the real world that he realized Strong’s values apply outside the bounds of the 40 Acres, too.

“[He] came to me the other day and said, ‘Coach, I interviewed for an internship,’” Strong said. “The guy who was talking to him, he was talking about core values. He was talking about just leadership ability. Josh [Turner] said, ‘When you step out in the real world, that’s really what’s going to happen to you.’”

It’s a small anecdote, but it’s a great example of the positive impact Strong has had on his players off the field, even if his first season at the helm has been a disappointment on it.

When he first arrived in Austin, Strong’s players were hesitant to buy into what he was selling.

Here he was, the new guy in town, telling them how to behave and challenging them in ways they had never been challenged by the previous staff. He quickly removed several players from the team, many of whom had established strong bonds with their teammates, who were certainly upset to see them go.

But as the season wore on and the new head coach has had a chance to develop relationships with each of his players, the student-athletes have grown to understand the method behind his madness.

“[The] first couple months, everything surprised me about Coach Strong, but now nothing he does surprises me,” senior defensive end Cedric Reed said. “Guys he is helping out right now, I thought it would take Dr. Phil to get through to them. But Coach Strong is helping them out, and I’m pretty sure it will help in the long run.”

In an era of collegiate sports when many coaches talk about the importance of academics and life outside football, it’s uncommon to find one who actually cares about anything more than wins and losses.

Given what his players have had to say about him over the past couple weeks, it appears Strong may be one of the rare few.

“He just tries to point guys in the right direction,” senior receiver John Harris said. “Make sure they go to class, get their education — everything that matters once you’re done with football whether you’re going to the next level or if you go get a job.”

More than anything, Strong and his staff have made themselves available to the players. They embrace an open door policy, which has encouraged players to come by and discuss everything from a given week’s game plan to their career goals.

“You can go up and speak to the coaches whenever you want,” Harris said. “The door is always open. They’re just fun to talk to. Outside of my teammates, they’re like big kids to us.”

So far, the on-field product hasn’t lived up to expectations, as Strong continues to stress that a five-loss season won’t be tolerated at the University of Texas.

But off the field, it is clear the new regime is making strides, and, according to Strong, that’s far more important than anything that goes on inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“I never feel like winning isn’t important, but I also want to make sure you develop the young person too,” Strong said. “They have to understand that, once you leave here, then there’s issues. If you don’t know how to handle it while you’re in college, you will never be able to handle it once you leave here.”

Longhorn defensive end Cedric Reed has struggled to live up to expectations this season. He’ll have to be better in order for Texas to knock off the Wildcats on the road this weekend.

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Safeties

Safety Jason Hall may only be a freshman, but his presence was sorely missed against Iowa State. The patchwork rotation of sophomore Adrian Colbert and senior Josh Turner struggled against the Cyclones.

Hall is listed as day-to-day, so even if he does play against Kansas State, it’s unlikely that he’ll be at 100 percent. The Longhorns will need better production from Colbert and Turner if Hall is out or not at full strength. On the opposite side, senior safety Mykkele Thompson had issues against Iowa State, too.

The Longhorns will have a challenge in defending Tyler Lockett, Kansas State’s deep threat, so they can’t afford to have troubling safety play to plague an otherwise solid secondary. Colbert, Hall, Thompson and Turner must step up in order for Texas to upset the Wildcats.

Linebacker Dalton Santos

Junior linebacker Dalton Santos started at middle linebacker in place of senior Steve Edmond against Iowa State. Dalton appeared a step slower than the Cyclones, and Edmond was forced into action as a result. 

If Edmond isn’t 100 percent Saturday, Santos will need to be ready to go against the Wildcats. He’ll need to step up and perform better than he did against the Cyclones if he is forced into the middle linebacker role against Kansas State.

Defensive end Cedric Reed

Senior defensive end Cedric Reed hasn’t had the season he was expected to have. While Reed’s presence on the field is noticeable, his season statistics show that his productivity hasn’t been great. This season, Reed only has 1.5 sacks and four tackles for loss. The Longhorns need more from Reed as they look to knock off the Wildcats on Saturday.

Running backs

While the offensive line has hampered the Longhorn running game this season, senior running back Malcolm Brown, junior running back Johnathan Gray and sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes have finally started to see success running the ball.

Swoopes ran for 95 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State. Brown and Gray added an additional 86 yards and three scores on the ground against the Cyclones.

Now that Swoopes is having success running the ball, defenses are more likely to respect him in the run game, which will open things up for the backs. If the Wildcats contain Swoopes, the running backs will need to step up in his place.

Longhorn senior safety Josh Turner was among six players that were reportedly dismissed from the team but he’s been given a second chance according to multiple sources.

After planning to transfer, Turner met with head coach Charlie Strong Tuesday night where Turner was reportedly allowed to return to the team. But Strong has placed severe restrictions upon Turner.

Turner has played 35 games as a Longhorn and has started five. Turner has two career interceptions, one sack and special teams touchdown.

Turner is reportedly the only one of the six players dismissed who is expected to return to the team. Senior running back Joe Bergeron is looking to be released from his scholarship and transfer. Bergeron is expected to transfer to West Texas A&M a Division II school where he’ll be able to play immediately.  It is unknown where sophomore running back Jalen Overstreet and redshirt freshman safety Chevoski Collins may be transferring.

Junior wide receiver Kendall Sanders and sophomore wide receiver Montreal Meander, both indefinitely suspended from the team after they were charged with aggravated sexual assault, have been given a court date of Aug. 7.

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The Longhorns’ loss of seven players, a few of whom were expected to have important roles in 2014, over a 48-hour span last week poses an obvious question for Texas football fans: How will Charlie Strong and his staff fill the void left by the dismissed athletes?

While none of these dismissals have been officially confirmed by the program, it appears an announcement is merely a formality. OrangeBloods has reported that the dismissed Texas players will all get a chance to meet with Strong on Monday, where the dismissals are expected to become official.

Kendall Sanders and Josh Turner were both expected to start for Texas, Joe Bergeron was likely to continue to play an important role in the Longhorn backfield, and Jalen Overstreet, Chevoski Collins and Montrel Meander were each poised to add necessary depth at their respective positions. The Longhorns also lost senior linebacker Kendall Thompson, who is leaving for medical reasons. In addition to those who have already been given the boot, ESPN’s Max Olson has reported that as many as five more players may soon be facing dismissals for violating team rules. 

But even without additional departures, Texas is already looking thin at some key positions. Turner was likely slated to be one of the starting safeties for the Longhorns while Collins was set to be his backup, but with both off the team, Texas will likely start sophomore Adrian Colbert at one of the safety spots. True freshmen such as Edwin Freeman or John Bonney will likely get a chance to play significantly from day one.

The loss of Bergeron and Overstreet will cripple Texas’ depth at running back, especially if junior Johnathan Gray or senior Malcolm Brown get injured, as they have in the past. Other than that, Texas only has true freshmen Donald Catalon and D’Onta Foreman at the position, though Foreman has yet to officially qualify.

At receiver, Texas returns its top two options in senior Jaxon Shipley and junior Marcus Johnson, but the loss of Sanders means one of the younger players will have to step up to the position, though Texas has plenty of potential options from the 2013 or 2014 recruiting classes. 

Finally, the loss of Thompson means some loss of depth at linebacker but isn’t particularly devastating for the program. Texas returns crucial starters in senior Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmonds, whose health will determine the vitality of the position.

Obviously, the final depth chart will depend on who is left on the team at the start of the season, but it is clear that Strong isn’t messing around with the rules. Right now, none of Texas’ losses are particularly brutal, but if they lose more players, especially potential starters, 2014 may be filled with a lot more downs than ups.

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Update (July 25): Two more players were dismissed from the team according to multiple reports: senior running back Joe Bergeron and senior defensive back Josh Turner.

Bergeron, a North Mesquite native, was said to be “back in the mix” after being held out of spring practices for academic reasons. Bergeron’s dismissal comes just days after being praised by coach Strong for doing everything asked of him. He was dismissed for violating team rules.

Over the past three seasons, Bergeron ran for 1,392 yards and scored 25 touchdowns.

Turner, an Oklahoma City native, was said to be in violation of team rules as well and is the sixth player to be dismissed from the team since Strong arrived.

Turner played in all of Texas’ games last season and had accumulated 93 tackles and two interceptions during his career with the Longhorns.

Senior linebacker Kendall Thompson has also left the team but was not in violation of team rules. Thompson is leaving for health reasons related to concussions. 

Original story (July 24): Two Texas football players have been kicked off the team according to a report by Orangebloods.com

Redshirt sophomore running back Jalen Overstreet and redshirt freshman defensive back Chevoski Collins were dismissed from the team after they violated team rules.

According to Orangebloods.com, the two players were a part of a group of teammates banned from Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Center after violating the team’s core values. Strong said that the players would have to earn their right re-enter Moncrief.

Strong has continually made it clear that a violation of the team’s core values would result in a dismissal from the team. This report comes amidst the arrests of two Longhorn wide receivers, who were charged with sexual assault.

Overstreet played in nine games last season and rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Collins was redshirted during the 2013 season.

He’s still learning the game, but so far Josh Turner has made monumental strides as a player. The versatile defender was first employed as a cornerback but has since shifted to safety.
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For Josh Turner, last Saturday’s contest against Baylor was a game of firsts.

He recorded his first collegiate start, first ever tackle for loss, and most importantly, first career interception.

The pick came in the second quarter of a 28-28, back-and-forth game. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence was looking to hit Lanear Sampson on a post route over the middle but overshot his target by a few yards. Turner, who was playing back at safety, made a break on the ball, dove and plucked the ball right before it hit the turf to secure the interception.

“We were in thirds,” Turner said of the play. “I was in right third, and I was just reading the quarterback. I saw that he kind of overthrew the receiver, and I was just trying to make a play on the ball.”

The pick was a huge momentum swing in the game, and perhaps a symbol of many more firsts to come for Turner.

Turner, the Oklahoman who scorned his native Sooners to come play in Austin. Turner, the corner turned safety who didn’t utter a word of complaint in the offseason because he enjoyed the challenge of switching positions so much. And Turner, the young safety whose playmaking ability rivals that of former Longhorn greats Aaron Ross, Earl Thomas and Nathan Vasher, according to his position coach Duane Akina.

“He has a knack for the ball,” Akina said. “That is one of the things that really stands out with him. He has some nice natural instincts for the football.”

His interception against Baylor was a perfect example of that. He was naturally instinctive on his break to the ball and when he reached it his natural athleticism took control.

“It was a super catch, and he is one of the few guys out there that is capable of making that play,” Akina said. “You know moving to his right, having to come back, ball off his body. He did a nice job of rolling.”

His athleticism gave him the aptitude to make the spectacular play, but it’s his dogged work ethic that’s allowed him to switch positions seamlessly from his freshman to sophomore year.

Turner played corner in his first season on the 40 Acres, but with the departure of four-year starter Blake Gideon, the Longhorns needed more depth at safety. Akina, who likes to cross-train his defensive backs, thought Turner would be the perfect fit to make the switch.

It wasn’t an immediate success story by any means. It took Turner a while to get the hang of the position, and even now he has the occasional stumble, missed assignment or whiffed tackle attempt.

But Turner recovers from those mistakes quickly, in part because of his will to improve and his desire to be pushed to the limit. And Akina has no qualms about granting his request in practice. Akina is intense and relentless in his frenzied devotion to making his players better, which means he is often forced to show a little tough love.

It doesn’t bother Turner a bit.

“If he’s hard on me then he actually sees potential in me,” Turner said. “Whereas if he didn’t say anything that’s when you have to start to get worried.”

Because of his lofty standards, Akina is a hard person to please. Turner’s teammates were impressed by his showing against Baylor — just not surprised. The performance served only to confirm what they perceive every day.

“He showed me what I already knew,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said. “In practice, he makes a lot of plays. He’s a playmaker. He’s real disciplined, and he played good against a good offense.”

Turner watches film every day, striving to get better. He studies tape after practice, on the bus, after class and every night before he heads to sleep.
With all of that work one would think Turner reach the point of exasperation. But, in the polite manner of the soft-spoken defensive back, he had a rebuttal for that conclusion. His answer was short, but went a long way in explaining his success.

“No sir,” Turner said. “You can never get tired of watching film.”

Printed on Friday, October 26, 2012 as: Turner's instinctive nature allows him to flourish

Sophomore safety Josh Turner made the most of his first start, making his first career interception, a play that set up a go-ahead Texas touchdown and proved to be a turning point in the Longhorns’ 56-50 victory over Baylor this past Saturday.

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Ever since Jordan Hicks went down in the first half of the Longhorns’ win over Ole Miss more than a month ago, the Longhorn defense has been searching for a spark. The search ended with Josh Turner.

Texas had surrendered 28 points to Baylor in the game’s first 20 minutes. The Bears were threatening to take the lead when Turner, a sophomore defensive back, chased down a scrambling Nick Florence, laying out to catch him from behind.

Turner made his first career interception on the next play. Florence overthrew his intended target and Turner, with his airborne body parallel to the ground, picked him off. Johnathan Gray’s 25-yard touchdown run on the ensuing drive gave the Longhorns a 35-28 lead they would not give up.

“We were in thirds,” Turner recalled. “I was in the right third, and I was just reading the quarterback. I saw that he kind of overthrew the receiver, and I was just trying to make a play on the ball.”

Adrian Phillips was supposed to be the solid safety opposite senior Kenny Vaccaro that solidified Texas’ secondary. His struggles led to sophomore Mykkele Thompson cracking the starting lineup, but Thompson has missed numerous tackles since. It’s time for Turner, who made his first career start during Saturday’s 56-50 win over Baylor, to become a mainstay in the first-team defense.

“He did an excellent job of making plays in the time that he was in, especially geting the turnover that was very crucial to the game and I think it did spark a lot of momentum,” junior cornerback Carrington Byndom said. “That’s what we expect and what he expects of himself. They know when their opportunity comes, they have to take advantage of it and I think he did an excellent job of it this weekend.”

On Baylor’s last possession of the first half, with Texas holding a 42-28 lead, Florence lofted a pass to his favorite receiver, Terrance Williams. The senior wideout leads the country with 1,013 yards ­— more yards than seven FBS teams have passed for this season.

Williams caught the pass in the corner of the end zone but Byndom kept him from catching it in bounds while Turner ranged over to jar the ball loose and ensure he wouldn’t make the catch. Baylor settled for a field goal on the next play as the Longhorns trotted into the locker room with an 11-point lead at halftime.

“The play he makes down there in the end zone is a great play,” head coach Mack Brown said. “That’s a perfect throw and catch. Carrington Byndom’s got him covered up but Josh knocks him out of bounds.”

Phillips and Vaccaro are listed as Texas’ starting safeties for its game against Kansas this weekend. Thompson and Turner are listed as backups. But if the way he played against Baylor last Saturday was any indication of what we can expect from him, Turner needs to be on the field more than Phillips and Thompson.

“We’re excited about the plays that he made,” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “That’s how we know our persistence is working, but there’s some things that we have to continue to correct. We’re all in it together. We can’t be too excited about anything.”

Diaz is right. He shouldn’t dwell on the efforts of individuals too long — as good as they may be — as long as his unit is on pace to go down as, statistically, the worst defense in school history. But starting Turner would go a long way toward turning things around.

Printed on Thursday, October 25, 2012 as: Turner the spark Texas' secondary needs

Adrian Phillips calls out the defensive alignment against UCLA in the Longhorns’ 49-20 win on Sept. 17. The sophomore cornerback is one of a handful of Texas defensive backs with NFL potential.

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Saturday isn’t the only time to watch Texas defensive backs in action. They also shine on Sundays.

The Longhorns have 47 players on NFL rosters, the most of any program in the nation. And 10 of those players are defensive backs, all tutored by secondary coach Duane Akina. There’s a reason Texas is known as “DBU.”

Akina has another boatload of pro prospects at his disposal this season, even after three were selected in last April’s NFL Draft.

Sophomore cornerbacks Adrian Phillips, Carrington Byndom and freshman Quandre Diggs have filled the void left by Aaron Williams, Chykie Brown and Curtis Brown. And this trio will join their DBU brethren in the NFL sooner rather than later.

“We’ve got some playmakers back there,” Akina said. “We guessed right on them.”

Byndom and Phillips played primarily on special teams in 2010 but understood their time would arrive this season. And they’ve taken advantage of every moment, combining for three interceptions in four games.

“I had to come in and do a good job of taking the role from the guys who left last year,” Byndom said. “Knowing I was going to enter this season as a starter after splitting reps last year made me step it up.”

Of course, it helps to have ten NFL players to learn from, including Diggs’ older brother and San Diego Charger, Quentin Jammer.

“Those guys were great mentors to me,” Byndom said. “They taught me a lot, all the little details, things that people had helped them with.”

This week, the Longhorns secondary will face its toughest challenge yet against Oklahoma’s high-powered offense. Indirectly, they’ll go against the Sooners defensive backs, a unit that refers to itself as “The Sharks.” So what does the Texas bunch call itself?

“We just go by the fact that DBs are the moneymakers; we make the money,” Phillips said. “It’s DBU, we have to keep the tradition alive.”

Texas has two players who chose the “Moneymakers” over the “Sharks.” Freshman Josh Turner and sophomore Demarco Cobbs were the No. 1 recruits in Oklahoma the last two years, but both committed to UT over OU. And for good reason.

“Josh was well aware of our secondary tradition here, and that was very appealing to him,” Akina said. “Josh really knew a lot about us, knew about Aaron Ross and Michael Huff and had followed us closely.”

While Cobbs has since transitioned to linebacker, he was instrumental in prying Turner from the Sooner state.

“Demarco had a real positive experience here,” Akina said. “Our players are the ones that recruit for us.”

Ross and Huff were teammates on the 2005 National Championship team, and both were first-round picks. When Akina scans the practice field these days, he sees several players who will earn NFL paychecks in the near future. That’s why he stresses versatility when evaluating recruits, noting that pro teams value prospects that can play multiple positions.

“That’s what we’re constantly looking for,” he said.

Phillips epitomizes all that Akina covets. He’s already started at corner, split time at safety and excelled as a nickel back — all this from a first-year starter.

This group is young but poised. No corner has started more than four games in his career, but they all play the part of a wily veteran.

“Even though we’re young, we don’t worry about age at all,” Phillips said. “If you can play, you can play, and that’s all that matters with Coach Akina.”

This group can certainly play — on Sundays.

Printed on October 6, 2011 as: NFL prospects roam secondary

Freshman wide receiver Jaxon Shipley runs past Iowa State defensive back Jacques Washington during a first half touchdown reception.

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This time last year, he was throwing touchdowns for Belton. Now, he’s doing it for Texas.

David Ash was one of many Longhorn freshmen to turn in fantastic performances, throwing for his first two career touchdown passes. Mykkele Thompson, who was at Stevens High School in San Antonio last fall, blocked a punt in the second quarter and fellow freshman Josh Turner took it all the way back. The play epitomized how Texas’ youngsters dominated its 37-14 win over Iowa State as the Longhorns’ leading passer, rusher and receiver were all true freshmen.

Ash had split snaps with Case McCoy for most of the last three games but had not seen the field as much as his sophomore counterpart. That changed Saturday when Ash completed four of eight first-half passes, one more than he had attempted in his first three games combined, for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Both he and McCoy were 7-for-12 passing.

“I thought the rotation went well,” McCoy said. “David played really good. He made plays, and it worked out for us. We’re 4-0.”

The rookies made their mark on defense, too. Texas forced three first-quarter turnovers for the second straight game, scoring after each of them once again. The Longhorns got a field goal off the first one before Quandre Diggs popped the ball loose on the ensuing kickoff and Tevin Jackson fell on it. Fittingly enough, both Diggs and Jackson are freshmen. Texas scored its first touchdown on the following possession.

“Tonight, we forced the turnovers,” said head coach Mack Brown. “If you force a lot of turnovers and you protect the ball like we did tonight, you’re going to win a lot of
football games.”

Eventually, the defense got tired of setting the offense up for scores. So they got one of their own. With the Longhorns leading 20-0, the Cyclones lined up for their second punt of the game. That’s when Thompson blocked the 75th kick in the Mack Brown era, the Longhorns’ first blocked punt returned for a touchdown since Malcolm William’s in 2009.

“I saw that ball got tipped so I just grabbed it and went,” said Turner, who was playing high school football in Oklahoma last season. “I was thinking I was about to score. It was a momentum shift, and it helped us a lot.”

On the offensive side, Malcolm Brown and Jaxon Shipley continued their fantastic first-year campaigns. Brown ran for 63 yards on 15 carries against a defense that honed in on the Texas backfield. Iowa State stacked the box and opened up throwing lanes for Ash and McCoy, who both found Shipley for long gains. Ash hit Shipley for a 40-yard touchdown seconds after Shipley pitched the ball to him while McCoy found Shipley for 49 yards on an acrobatic grab on the sideline in the second half.

The impressive catch wasn’t surprising. Shipley has been spectacular all season, as evidenced by his six-catch, 141-yard showing against Iowa State this past weekend.

But Ash’s pair of touchdowns, Thompson’s and Turner’s blocked punt return for a score and true freshmen accounting for nearly 60 percent of Texas’ total offense? No one saw that coming.

Printed on Monday, October 3, 2011 as: Freshmen lead offense, overwhelm Iowa State

When Bob Stoops snatched Adrian Peterson out of East Texas in 2004, it set in motion a precedent that Mack Brown couldn’t quite shirk: Stoops and Oklahoma owned Texas, not only on the gridiron, but also on the recruiting trail.

The numbers don’t lie. For the better part of the last decade, homeland security has been a bit of an embarrassment for Brown. In 2004, he lost out on Peterson, the top-rated player that year according to Rivals, and Rhett Bomar, the top quarterback in the nation. Both from Texas, both headed to Oklahoma. In 2005, Stoops again poached a couple of highly rated players out from under Brown’s nose, notably Malcolm Kelly, a future NFL draft pick.

But 2008, most would agree, was the low point. Brown and Texas lost the top three players in the state to those Sooners, and a year later, in 2009, they lost the nasty recruiting battle for Lufkin’s Jamarkus McFarland, now a starting defensive tackle for Oklahoma.

Need more proof? From 2004 to this year’s class, forty seven percent of Oklahoma’s signed commits hailed from Texas. Sheesh, get your own state.

But things have improved. Not only has Texas been able to defend its home turf better, fighting off Oklahoma for Plano West’s Jackson Jeffcoat last year, but Mack has also served Stoops a taste of his
own medicine.

With Wednesday’s signing of Oklahoma’s top ranked player, cornerback Josh Turner, Texas has now signed the best player from the state of Oklahoma the past two years. Last year, it was the heralded Demarco Cobbs, who figures to see an increased role at safety this fall. If and when Cobbs and Turner team up in the secondary, they’d give Texas’ defensive backfield a strong Oklahoma flavor.

How has Mack done it? Simple. His teams started showing up in Dallas. The Longhorns’ five-game slide to Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry created the notion that Texas was soft, that they were weak, that they had no chance of ever winning a Big 12 title or national title if they couldn’t even get past the Sooners in so many tries. Frankly, it was true. That’s why Peterson chose Oklahoma, saying at the time that he wanted to win a national title and didn’t think it was possible at Texas.

So Mack rallied the troops and beat the Sooners in Dallas 45-12 en route to the Longhorns’ 2005 National Championship. The next year, Texas beat Oklahoma again. They’ve swung the tide of the Red River Rivalry to their favor recently, despite this past season’s loss.

Furthermore, Mack’s taken back Texas. While Oklahoma did sign 12 prospects from our state this year (out of 17 total commits), only one of them was offered by Texas. Inviting high school juniors to the annual February junior days and extending quick scholarship offers has helped Brown seal the deal on several prized recruits before Stoops has a chance to do the same. It’s clear that these days, Stoops is getting the Lone Star leftovers.

When asked how Texas was able to draw him out of Oklahoma, Turner’s answer was simple.

“Texas knows how to recruit, that’s it,” he said. “The players and the coaches; they’re all great.”

And they’ll all welcome Turner with open arms, thankful that after so many years, they finally have the upper hand on their rivals from the north.