Oklahoma was the first to notice Class of 2014 running back Xavier Turner (North Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville). But after the junior season he just had, it won’t take long before a bevy of other schools enter the race.
Turner was an unknown when he visited OU for its spring game in April but people are going to know his name now.
He had 207 carries for 1,586 yards and 31 touchdowns despite missing time with a high ankle sprain early in the season. He also had 22 receptions for 358 yards and four more scores.
Turner, who is 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, doesn’t have any official offers but that should change once his junior film gets released.
Birdville was defeated 52-42 by Denton (Texas) Guyer last week in a Texas UIL regional final. Turner rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown.
SoonerNation: Not a bad junior season. What did you learn about yourself as a player this year?
Xavier Turner: I became a better player. I was playing the game the right way. My game really took off in the postseason. I had a high ankle sprain early in the season. And in district we didn’t really play four quarters. Most of the time, I just played the first half.
SN: How great was this season for Birdville?
Turner: This was an incredible season. We knew we could do something special, but we had to maintain it. We made school history, and we’re hungry for more next year. We would have loved to have gone to state and win state, but you have to keep working.
SN: You’ve seen OU quite a few times here since the spring. How did that all develop?
Turner: OU has always been my favorite college. They said they had some interest so we went to the spring game. It was great. I also went to games against Kansas, Kansas State and the Red River Rivalry against Texas. It was a lot of fun.
SN: Is it disappointing to not have any offers at this point despite putting up some big-time numbers?
Turner: No. I’m still waiting, but I know I have to be patient. I did miss some time and really, like I said, it was only during the playoffs where I could show what I can really do. I’m not worried about it.
SN: OU has been talking to you the most, but what other programs have reached out to you?
Turner: TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and some things from Texas. TCU has been sending me a lot of things. Indiana, too, has been sending me stuff. Arkansas and Missouri, but it’s just letters of interest at this point with those schools.
SN: Being a Texas kid, any love for the Longhorns? Seems a little strange that you’ve always been about the Sooners.
Turner: I like the Longhorns, but it’s different. It’s a different type of like than what I have for OU. I want to go somewhere where I can play immediately. I give props to Johnathan Gray, though. I know he’s going to be a good one, and I know Texas has a lot of great backs.