West Monroe quarterback Paul Turner had a dream season in 2009, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and throwing for more than 1,500 yards -- as the Rebels went 15-0 and won the 5A state championship.
Turner, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior, is being recruited as either a wide receiver or a defensive back on the next level and the explosive athlete recently picked up his first two scholarship offers.
"ULM offered me first," Turner said. "I was very excited about that and my family was excited too. I felt very privileged to get that first offer and I could see myself there at ULM. They're a program on the rise and they just hired a new coach. I've talked to him (Todd Berry) and I think he's going to have that program headed in the right direction.
"TCU offered me next and they were already one of my favorite schools before they offered. It was just an extraordinary feeling to get that offer. The coaches there are really nice. I like the whole environment at TCU. It's a peaceful, quiet place where you can get a good education. I feel like I could concentrate on my major - which will be something in the medical field - at TCU."
Turner recently attended the Nike Training Camp in Fort Worth.
"That went well," he said. "I picked up quite a few new skills and gained a lot of knowledge. I had some things to bring back to our coaches that I hope will make myself a better player."
Turner is receiving interest from several other schools, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Stanford, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, and Northwestern.
"Some of the schools - like North Carolina - want me to come to their camp so they can see me in person," Turner said. "They've seen my highlight tape, but they want to check me out in person. TCU and Mississippi State are mainly recruiting me as a corner or safety, while the other schools are mostly recruiting me as a wide receiver.
"I would prefer to stay on offense, but I'll play safety for the school that I decide to attend."
Last year, Turner completed 90-of-134 passes for 1,522 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. The electric signal-caller added 1,062 yards rushing on 137 carries (7.75 yards per carry) with 22 TDs. His long run of the season -- a wild, zig-zag 86-yard scoring jaunt -- came in the state finals vs. Archbishop Rummel.
"We feel like we'll be pretty good this year," said Turner in an understatement. "We have a new offensive line, but the up-and-coming linemen have been working hard. We have a good chance to repeat, but we will need a lot of leadership."