One of the staples of Kansas State’s offense the past few years has been the play of one electric receiver. For years Tyler Lockett was the guy, and recently Byron Pringle has been the go-to receiver. It seems the offense just doesn’t run as well without one elite receiver on the outside to help open things up for the running game. It looks like the Wildcats may have found their next one. 2018 wide receiver EJ Turner committed to the Wildcats on Tuesday, just a day before the early signing period begins.
— Ej Turner® (@E3T__) December 19, 2017
THE TURNER FILE
Turner is the 13th commitment in Kansas State’s 2018 class. He is the second wide receiver commit in the class, joining Jaquavius Lane. Turner and Lane join fellow commit EJ Thomas as the three commits from the state of Georgia. With Turner’s commitment, Kansas State now has the 72nd ranked class nationally, and the 10th ranked class in the Big 12.
Turner picked Kansas State from 15+ offers. He had offers from schools such as Rutgers, West Virginia, Colorado State, Appalachian State, and Arkansas State. As I mentioned above this is a huge get for Kansas State. This offense needs explosive receivers, and now they have two in Lane and Turner.
Turner played his high school football with one of the best quarterback prospects in the nation in Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is ranked as the #1 player in the country, and is currently committed to Clemson. Playing with such a high level prospect will only help Turner when he gets to college.
Turner’s film shows a lot to like about his game. He shows great speed, with an ability to run away from defenders on a regular basis. He is also really strong though. On multiple occasions you can see him break press coverage with relative ease.
He could use a little bit of work on his route running, but I’m not too worried about that. He has so many tools to work with that the coaches at Kansas State should be able refine the route running to make him a complete wide receiver. Overall this is a fantastic get for Kansas State, and a definite position of need.