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39 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: EJ Turner

In which BracketCat counts down the 39th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver EJ Turner.

#9 Byron Pringle
Byron Pringle, destroyer of Cowboys, has moved on to the NFL as a free agent. EJ Turner will inherit his scholarship, if not his No. 9 jersey. If Turner can be half as good as Pringle was at OSU, but consistently perform at that level, he might have a better career.
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EJ Turner

True Freshman | 6-1 | 179 lbs. | Cartersville, Georgia
EJ Turner
EJ Turner
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Eric Quinton “EJ” Turner Jr. (b. Oct. 7, 1999) is a promising, athletic young wide receiver prospect from our newly established Georgia pipeline. He is likely to redshirt in 2018.

The three-star player selected the Wildcats over offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Massachusetts, Middle Tennessee State, Syracuse, Toledo, UAB and West Virginia, as well as interest from Florida, Maryland and Tennessee, after decommitting from Rutgers.

Turner played under head coach Joey King at Cartersville High School, where he was rated as the 94th-best prospect in Georgia for the Class of 2018 by Rivals and named to the Georgia High School Association All-Region 6-AAAAA second team as a senior in 2017.

He hauled in 36 receptions for 727 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior year, while he had 615 yards on 36 catches and eight scores as a junior.

Turner also participated in basketball and track for the Hurricanes. Here’s what Ian Boyd had to say about him at SportsTreatise:

Turner would be exhibit A in the “Wait, this 2018 K-State class is a lot faster than normal...” presentation. Here’s a glimpse into that speed:

EJ Turner
EJ Turner
Courtesy Ian Boyd at Sports Treatise

Hits the sideline and is gone. If he had any kind of space to work in, he was really hurting defenses after the catch and he also ran some nifty outside steps to get open on go routes. I think he’s at least a 4.6 guy in the 40 and not unlikely faster. He’ll be the guy that K-State gets open with the rub routes in the future.

Sounds like the perfect prospect to eventually fill the deep-threat shoes of Byron Pringle!