Class of 2008: All-Tidewater QB Casey Turner

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For his junior season performance in 2006, Great Bridge (Chesapeake, VA) quarterback Casey Turner came away with first-team all-Tidewater honors. At 6-5, 210 pounds, the strong-armed Turner, also named Southeastern District Offensive Player of the Year, threw for 2,780 yards and 24 touchdowns.

“He can make all of the throws,” said Great Bridge head coach Pete Gale, who runs a spread offense with four or five wide receivers. “He has a cannon of an arm. He’s a solid athlete. He runs in the 4.7s in the 40. He’s a 4.3 shuttle kid. He buys time in the pocket. He prefers to throw down the field, but he can run if he needs to.”

Turner completed 55-percent of his passes last season, but threw 18 interceptions. He is working to improve his overall accuracy for his senior year and is also looking to get stronger physically this off-season.

“We’re working on him being physically stronger,” Gale said. “He’s going to start running people over next year (laughs). I told him we are going to turn him into a beast. He’s working hard and I think he’s going to get it done.”

A starter his sophomore year, Turner improved in his on-the-field presence last season.

“The area he really improved in his junior season was maturity,” Gale said. “He really came through his junior year when the kids were looking for someone to run the offense. He was a field general throughout the year.”

Gale says Virginia Tech, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State and Maryland are among the schools in “hot pursuit” of Turner, who has not yet received an official scholarship offer. There does not appear to be an early favorite.

“He’s very open,” Gale said of Turner.

Determined on and off the field, Turner is hoping to graduate early.

“He’s a very good student,” Gale said. “One of the things that makes him attractive is that he plans on graduating in December. I know he really wants to do that.”

In terms of camps, Gale expects his star quarterback to attend a few – specifically, some 7-on-7 tournaments – later this year. Turner participated in the Army All-American combine in San Antonio (TX) earlier this month.

Michael Price…

Gale boasts another potential Division 1 prospect.