Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN) is known as one of the top high school football programs in the state of Tennessee. Led by top defensive end recruit Barry Turner, expect Brentwood to be right in the mix next season as well.
Turner, a 6-3, 230 pound rush end who runs a 4.6 in the 40, is being recruited by some of the nation’s top programs. According to Brentwood Academy Head Coach Carlton Flatt, Turner has received at least five scholarship offers, including one from Miami (FL).
“He’s been offered by Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Vanderbilt,” Flatt said. “Nebraska is recruiting him hard. Virginia Tech is recruiting him hard. Virginia Tech was in here earlier this month, but I don’t think they have offered yet.”
Turner racked up 15 sacks as a junior. On offense, he plays tight end but has the ability to move to receiver on occasion. An excellent athlete, his speed and quickness combined with his size separate him from other top prospects.
“Barry rushes the passer really well,” Flatt said. “He runs well. He’s a good closer on the ball. He’s one of those kids who’s always revved up. He gets after it on every play. We play him as a tight end and sometimes line him up as a wideout. He’s good on offense, but I think he’s a little bit better on defense. Defense is where most schools are recruiting him to play.”
A well-rounded student athlete, Turner boasts a 3.2 grade point average. His coach calls him a “great student athlete. He’s got a good personality even though he’s a high profile athlete. He hasn’t let his success go to his head.”
In terms of favorites, Coach Flatt says Turner is “clearly wide open” and hopes to make some summer visits to help narrow his list. Turner may not attend any summer camps however.
In addition to football, Turner is an excellent basketball player as well. He has lost some weight due to basketball but hopes to start the football season at 240 pounds or so.
Turner’s size and speed may remind some Hokie fans of former defensive end great Corey Moore. Coach Flatt agrees with the comparison.
“We actually played against Corey Moore when he was in high school,” Flatt said. “He tore us apart. I got on our offensive lineman very hard after that game, but as it turns out, they were probably...
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