Vaught's Views: Recruiters like Smith, Turner

March 28, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Neither one is ready to start narrowing his college focus, but Boyle County's Brandon Smith and Danville's Kelvin Turner are certainly going to have plenty of options.

Danville coach Sam Harp says Turner, a running back-linebacker, is "hearing from everybody all over the country." Boyle County coach Chuck Smith says Brandon Smith, his son and a two-year starter at quarterback, has been invited to make several visits already and is "getting a lot of letters" every day.

They are two of the best juniors in the state and have to be the two front-runners for the 2004 Mr. Football based on what they have already done..

In last season's state title games, Turner ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns in the Admirals' 42-7 Class A win over Beechwood. Smith threw for 201 yards and one touchdown and ran for 141 yards and four scores in the Rebels' 44-10 Class AAA victory over Highlands.


Both players already have staggering career numbers. Smith is 28-2 as a starter and has completed 327 of 565 passes for 5,362 yards and 71 touchdowns the last two seasons and rushed for 1,477 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has accounted for an amazing 97 touchdowns in only two seasons.

Turner has already rushed for 4,518 yards and 61 touchdowns while averaging 9.3 yards per carry. He also has over 900 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches.

Both recently visited Kentucky

Both juniors recently visited Kentucky along with some of the state's other top juniors. Both have also been invited to attend numerous one-day camps this summer that will let college coaches evaluate them even more.

"You name it, they have called or written asking about him," Harp said of Turner. "He doesn't have any offers on the table yet, but they are going to be coming.

"I've told him that he needs to think about going to as many one-day camps this summer as he can. That way if a coach likes him, he'll know immediately. If not, he can move on and think about other schools. It can be an advantage or disadvantage to go to those camps, but I think it will be the right thing for him."

Chuck Smith said he and his son will soon start thinking about which camps Brandon Smith will attend.

"The camps are more or less a tryout," the Boyle coach said. "It's a short, intense evaluation. I really think the camps are more important for linemen than they are for quarterbacks or running backs. You can see a lot more about a skill player on a game film than you can about a lineman."

Game films should certainly show college coaches plenty about both players. Brandon Smith is a physical quarterback with a knack for always making the right read. Turner is an explosive runner with breakaway speed and sometimes dazzling moves and balance.

Both could participate in the combine at Centre College on May 11. Turner could have a conflict with track, but that may not matter since college coaches can see him consistently run the 100-meter dash in 10.8 seconds.

Both players remain open-minded about where they'll play college football.

"Brandon could go anywhere," Chuck Smith said. "He doesn't have to stay close to home. He just has to find the right spot."

Which could turn out to be a difficult choice for both him and Turner due to the numerous options both are going to have.

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