December 8, 2009

All-purpose RB, Turrentine talks Army visit.

The Black Knights hosted four solid prospects for their official visit this past weekend. Three-star defensive end Maxx Forde, running back Trenton Turrentine, linebacker Reggie Nesbit and offensive lineman, Ryan Powis.

Our first update is on running back Trenton Turrentine from Carrollton (Tx.) Central High School, who rushed for 600 yards on 138 carries, along with 11 touchdowns this past season.

At 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, Turrentine is a solidly build all-purpose back. "Some of the kids may not remember this name," shares a laughing Head Coach Bart Helsley who coaches Turrentine at Central. "I would compare him to the style of Roger Craig, where he will get the knees up and lower his shoulder, but can make people miss as well."

Turrentine dad is a West Point graduate, who played running back for Army back in the 70s. So this past weekend's official visit to Army was an opportunity to connect the past with the present.

"My dad is actually a West Point graduate, so he obviously liked it and my mom liked it as well," states Turrentine. "What stood out for me on the visit was the connection the players had with the coaches … it was like they were a family. I really like what Coach Ellerson is doing and we talked about where I would fit into the offense. Also we talked about the academics at West Point and he told me that their interest in me is very high.

The talented running back who is being recruited by Tucker Waugh, was hosted over the weekend by Pat Mealy who he met on Friday. "We arrived on Friday and I got to meet all the coaches, met some of the players and my host was Pat Mealy," Turrentine shares. "We went to a hockey game and then went to dinner, where they catered it at the Kimsey Center.

On Saturday we had breakfast, met with the coaches again, toured the facilities. Their facilities are excellent …. The best in the nation. I love the indoor field. Afterwards I spent some time with Pat Mealy and he answered all my questions.

Where does Army stand now with the running back out of Texas?

"I really like it, it's a great university, the academics and that the main thing for me," says Turrentine, who carries a 3.7 GPA.

"The football program is on the rise as well. They wanted me to go home and think about and right now I am seriously thinking about it."

The all-purpose back indicated that he is looking to make his decision before or around Christmas time.

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