Phoebus RB Anthony Turner (Photo: Thomas Matzke/recruit757)
Syracuse, Navy wrestling for position as both offer Phoebus RB Anthony Turner
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
In 2018, starting running back Anthony Turner (2021 RB 6-1 185) split time in the backfield with Naval Academy commit Jaylen White (2020 DB/RB 5-10 182). A year later, Turner grabbed the majority of the touches out of the backfield which allowed White the opportunity to exercise his talent at multiple different positions.
Of course, this allowed the Phantoms to maximize scheming on both sides of the ball when it came to White. But we also were awarded the chance to watch Turner blossom into an accomplished starter.
Taking advance of his exceptional skill set over the past few days were Syracuse and the Naval Academy. The Orangemen sent an offer Turner’s way on Tuesday evening while the Midshipmen dropped a recruiting anchor on Thursday afternoon.
“They (Syracuse) started showing interest last week,” Turner told recruit757. “Coach (Chip) West talked to Coach Blunt and me on the phone last night.”
Syracuse is entering its eighth year in the ACC after spending the previous 22 seasons under Big East control. Head coach Dino Babers will step into his fifth season leading the Orangemen at the start of the regular season and will look to build off of a 5-7 finish last season. Meanwhile, the Naval Academy was able to cap off a successful 11-2 campaign with a 20-17 victory over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl back in late December.
Aside from Navy and Syracuse, Turner also holds offers from: Army, William & Mary, Akron, Old Dominion, and the University of Virginia.
The rising senior running back was able to finish the season with over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns. He also secured All-District, All-Region, and All-State honors at the running back position. As Turner continues to trend in an upward direction, expect college programs to keep showing up at the Phantoms’ doorstep.
“I’m excited for this upcoming season,” Turner stated. “It just feels good to know that my hard work pays off.”
Governors’ Moving In
Early Wednesday morning, Austin Peay presented starting defensive end Trevion Stevenson (2021 DE 6-5 215) with his seventh collegiate offer. This came just three days after picking up his sixth offer from Eastern Kentucky. Stevenson also holds offers from Old Dominion, Louisiana-Lafayette, Liberty, Southern Mississippi, and Charlotte. Next up for the Phantom will be a trip out to the University of Virginia on March 7.
– Brandon Mitchell