There’s no other South Florida quarterback with the success that St. Thomas Aquinas’ Zion Turner possesses.
Having led the Raiders to back-to-back 7A state titles and a respectable national ranking, he’s becoming a household name not just in his hometown, but across the country.
That said, the 2022 dual-threat prospect enters the offseason with a number of schools interested in his services. Ranging from the SEC to ACC, there’s something about Turner that has Division I programs raging for him.
“I’ve talked to a lot of schools over this time – Miami, LSU, Kentucky,” he told 305 Sports Saturday at the Miami Immortals 7v7 tryouts. “You just never know right now, just weighing all my options out.”
Turner, who has thrown for over 2845 yards and 34 touchdowns in a two-year span, added that he’s nowhere near reaching a decision, noting that he’ll wait for things to ‘crack back up to normal’ following the end of the recruiting dead period – April 15th.
As for now, there’s one specific school doing the most for Turner.
“Miami,” he said.
Turner also addressed his 2020 campaign and how his group’s early bumps and bruises ultimately got them to their end goal: a state championship.
“It was a lot of different feelings,” he said, “coming into the season we didn’t have a long notice. We had to crank everything within two weeks. Coming into the first two games, we didn’t play how we wanted to and we lost our second game. Adversity strikes, we got motivated and the rest of the season we came out doing what we needed to do.”
Looking into the future, Turner detailed how coach Roger Harriott’s culture has produced on-going success at STA, including for Alabama safety Jordan Battle, a former alum who will be playing in the CFP National Championship game this Monday.
“He’s producing winners,” Turner said. “Tradition runs deep, and everything’s about winning and having that winning standard, that winning mentality and going out there, knowing you have a job and you have to go do it. Just playing your heart out.”
Turner hopes to use this offseason with Immortals to be quicker on decisions, faster at his feet and better on the run.