UConn Football: Huskies land Va. quarterback
Just days after the UConn football team lost one quarterback, it gains another.
Six-foot-four, 215-pound Casey Turner of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va., was offered a scholarship by the Huskies on Friday and gave the team his verbal commitment. Turner will speak with coach Randy Edsall either Monday or Tuesday.
“I feel good,” he said of his decision. “I’m relieved to find a good school. I’ll fit in really well.”
Turner comes to UConn with an impressive resume. He’s thrown for 84 touchdowns and 8,357 yards in his career and in his senior season had 35 touchdown passes and 2,850 yards. He runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds.
A pocket passer, Turner prefers to use his arm, but he said, “If I have to run, I have the necessary speed to do that.”
With backup quarterback Dennis Brown telling the Huskies on Thursday of his intent to transfer to Norfolk State, Turner saw the opportunity to play for the Huskies as one he couldn’t pass up. His arrival gives UConn three quarterbacks behind starter Tyler Lorenzen. Notre Dame transfer Zach Fraser, freshman Cody Endres and Turner. The key for Turner will be when he decides to arrive in Storrs.
Able to graduate early from high school, Turner plans to discuss his options with his parents today. If he leaves Great Bridge in time for spring semester, he intends to fight for the starting job. If he completes his senior year, he will likely redshirt next season.
His mother, Meredith, said the recruiting process was difficult for her son, but the family is glad it’s over with.
“We’re ecstatic,” she said. “We’re very happy and thrilled.”
Turner spoke to defensive coordinator Hank Hughes on Friday and was offered the scholarship at that time. After considering Army, Kentucky, North Carolina, Rutgers, Marshall and Ohio University, Turner decided that UConn was the best place for him.
He was turned off by the lack of communication from Kentucky, and with Rutgers adding three other quarterbacks, he couldn’t pass on the opportunity to play for a Bowl Championship Series conference team with a better chance at playing time. It also didn’t hurt to see the success the Huskies had en route to 9-4 season and a spot in the Meineke Car Care Bowl last month.
“The turnaround they had,” Turner said of the positives of playing for UConn. “They were one of the top contenders in the BCS, they went to a bowl game this year and had good games against Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida.”
He also noted the chance to compete for a starting spot as we as the “amazing” facilities as factors in the Huskies’ favor.
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