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Tre Turner’s Recruitment Is Surprising To Him, His Talent is No Surprise At All

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Update: 12/7/2016

Tre Turner, the football and basketball athlete for Northwest Guilford High School, finished the 2016 football season recording 52 catches, 1,065 yards (20.5 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns in addition to 30 tackles (24 solo), eight passes defensed and an interception. The Northwest Guilford Vikings finished the season at 7-5 (3-2 Conference).

Turner is now the sixth best athlete and fifth best player in North Carolina according to the 247Sports Composite as a four-star 2018 recruit.

He now has 18 scholarship offers to his name, having picked up offers from Ole Miss and Penn State in the last two months.,


Tre Turner is an outstanding football and basketball athlete for Northwest Guilford High School/Greensboro, North Carolina. Off the field and the court, he is known for being a bright young man.

The recruiting process for football has been more of a surprise than anything else for Turner because he was just coming to Northwest Guilford High to play.

“…I wasn’t coming in expecting anything to happen. I was just coming to play football for the school. I wasn’t thinking about [playing in] college or anything but once all the interest and offers started coming in, I realized how blessed I was.”

He has high interest in North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida, Louisville and Miami at the moment.

“I like North Carolina because Coach [Gunter] Brewer, he’s the most influential person I’ve talked to. Virginia Tech because I like the whole new coaching staff they’ve got coming in, they like throwing the ball more and I know North Carolina and Louisville [do as well],” he said. “Florida because I like the whole system they have going on there too and I like the state of Florida. I go there for two weeks every summer. [Also], Miami, their receivers coach, he speaks more on religion than probably anything else and I like the kind of [conversations] I have with him.”

He hasn’t set a date for his commitment just yet but said he probably will make it after his travel basketball season is over. Other things to note: he wants to major in kinesiology or engineering and wants to go to a school that cares equally about academics and athletics. Teammate chemistry is a big thing he’s looking for in a school as well.

“I can bring a high GPA to any sports team that I play on. I maintain at least a 4.0 every year of school. I don’t use that as a joke, I take sports seriously and I take academics seriously too. I could bring a lot to a school.”

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Turner’s first year playing football for the Northwest Guilford Vikings was a good one. In 2015, 60 receptions, 990 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception on defense. He has only played 13 games. His head coach, Jared Rolfes, raved about the six-foot-four, 175 pound, wide receiver’s ability given that he has only one season under his belt.

“…He came in a year ago with extreme athleticism and attributes that big time wide receivers have. He was really raw as a football player through the first 5-6 games, but even then showed signs of greatness. As he went beyond game 5-6 he was lights out and very comfortable,” he said. “What I have seen in the weight room, on the practice field, at camps, at 7 on 7’s, and just in his approach is that he will be on a whole different level this year. Those things will allow him to take the next step with experience as a player.”

Turner, a Greensboro, North Carolina native, didn’t realize he was good until the playoffs last year. He scored two touchdowns in a 29-28 win against Garner Magnet High School/Garner, North Carolina and three touchdowns in a 35-20 loss to Fuquay-Varina High School/Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

Right now, he’s trying to battle back from an ankle injury that happened early in the summer.

“… I’ve been recovering from that ever since. It’s hard watching everybody play when I can’t.”

According to the 247Sports Composite, Tre Turner is the ninth best athlete and sixth best player in North Carolina as a 2018 recruit. He has a total of 16 offers from Duke, West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, USC, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Miami and more.

He wants to play both basketball and football at the college level unless a better opportunity arises in basketball. Maryland and North Carolina are the only two schools that will allow him to play both according to him.

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On the basketball court, he averaged 19.3 points per game, 3.1 assists per game and 5.7 rebounds per game as the Vikings basketball team went 23-4 overall (9-1 Conference) and lost narrowly to Butler High School/Matthews, North Carolina, 84-83.

Vikings head basketball coach Lee Reavis said that Tre Turner is an outstanding young man who genuinely cares about his classmates, teammates and coaches.

“…He is a first class individual,” Reavis added.

On the court, Reavis wants his point guard to continue to be a leader through showing effort, attitude and positive communication with teammates on and off the court.

Here is how Turner said football and basketball intertwine for him.

“I pretty much play football on the basketball court. Being aggressive, going up to get passes, going up to get a rebound, going up to catch a touchdown. Playing defense, you have to watch their hips in both sports. As long as you’re athletic you can play both sports and you can do [well] in both sports. That’s the way I see it.”

Turner said he likes making big plays against smaller cornerbacks and it feels great to have the ball in his hands and the ability to make moves to score.

“The best part of my game is I don’t drop that many passes. My first step after I catch a pass is pretty crazy. That’s what all the coaches tell me. They say that my first step is the best thing that they’ve seen in a while. I feel like I’m good at getting outside releases or little things like coming off of screens and taking off because my speed, it’s pretty good compared to a lot of other receivers.”

For his junior year, his goals are to be an All-Conference player for the second year in a row, an All-State player and win a state championship.

“We have a bunch of seniors and I want to win the whole [thing] for them.”

Coach Rolfes said that college coaches that he has spoken too love Turner’s size.

“They love his size. Most think in person he even looks bigger than he does on film. They have commented on his hands and reaction after the catch for a guy of his height. Most are just shocked he has only played 13 games of HS football and know his upside and developmental upside is very high as a football player.”

He is going to miss a lot of things about Tre Turner when his time is up at Northwest Guilford.

“…I have spent a lot of time with Tre over the last year both here at school on trips to camps and practices and I feel we have a good relationship. He could walk out of the doors of NW high school as a senior as the best overall athlete to come through dominating on the gridiron and hardwood. He went from a freshman who I hounded daily about playing as a sophomore to one of the top players on our team, top recruits in the state, and a nationally ranked recruit. It’s a cool story, but he is a great kid from a great family who I really enjoy coaching.”

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million

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Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

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Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:

NFL

Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30

MLB

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance

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Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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