Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
The Recruiting Guy:
UNDER THE RADAR: Arkadelphia’s Cannon Turner
Arkadelphia quarterback Cannon Turner breaks free on a 69-yard touchdown run during the Badgers’ 28-0 victory over Joe T. Robinson in Saturday night’s Class 4A championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
On Wednesdays we feature an in-state prospect who could be flying under the radar of college coaches. This week's UTR football prospect is Arkadelphia’s Cannon Turner.
Size: 6-0, 200
40 time: 4.5
Academics: 31 ACT, 4.2 GPA in advanced classes
Stats: In five games this season, Turner has completed 26 of 53 passes for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns, and has 70 carries for 446 yards and 3 touchdowns.
On defense, Turner has 7 tackles and 2 interceptions, and he has also returned 6 kickoffs for 183 yards and 1 touchdown.
As a junior, Turner completed 70 of 157 for 1,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed 131 times for 1,021 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Offers: Air Force, Army, Harding, Ouachita Baptist, Henderson State, Southern Nazarene, Northwest Oklahoma
Coach JR Eldridge:
“He’s started for Arkadelphia since he was a ninth grader. This will be his 47th start as a football player. I think it would be hard to find anyone that's started (that many) games. He's a two-time state championship MVP. He could play any skill position on offense and he could play linebacker to corner on defense.
“He’s on the quiz bowl team and they won a state championship last year. If there’s one word to describe him, it’s a winner.”
Army has offered as a QB:
“I asked the Army recruiter, I said, ‘What has taken you guys from being a four-win team to three 10-win seasons in a row?’" Eldrige said. "The guy said, 'We started recruiting winners. So if there are guys that are similar athletes, we offer the kid that has that extra,' and I believe Cannon has that extra.”
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