After months of radio silence, Cincinnati has finally added another member to their 2013 class. This time it’s Akron native Aregeros Turner, a runningback who has made a name for himself in the state of Ohio. It was hypothesized last night with a tweet from Aregeros himself and confirmed by Bearcat Lair this morning. Turner has built quite the resume in three seasons as Copley High School’s star runningback; 3,374 rushing yards, 310 receiving yards, and 58 total touchdowns. He also has dabbled at cornerback but his bread-and-butter is on offense.
Such steady production has garnered him offers from Tennessee, Illinois, Purdue, Washington, Akron, and Toledo, including Cincinnati of course. But it was the Bearcats who were able to gain the verbal commitment from him. Let’s hope he sticks.
|Height - Weight||6'9" 230 lbs|
|High School||Queen City Prep (NC)|
|247 Sports||*** - 80|
What really impresses me about Turner is that he doesn’t hesitate at the line of scrimmage. Cincinnati’s offense relies on the runningback to see the crease, make a single cut, and explode through the opening. He will either live or die with the decision but the ball carrier absolutely cannot hesitate. Early in his career Turner displays that ability and when he does find that seem he has above average speed to burst through the hole. When he’s in the open field he’s tough to track down. He’s been listed at having anywhere from 4.4 to 4.6 Forty speed (I’m inclined to think it’s the former) and it shows on his long runs. Overall the high school game appears to be too slow for him and he’s more than ready to take his skills to the next level.
There’s a logjam at runningback for the 2013 season with Jameel Poteat, Tion Green, and potentially Deionte Buckley in a three-horse race to take over the starting role when George Winn graduates next Spring. But Butch Jones and Mike Bajakian won’t shy away from playing true freshman at key positions if they have the skills to see the field early (see: Abernathy, Ralph David). Even more so it appears Turner plays in a system with very similar schemes to those at Cincinnati. So if the youngster impresses the coaches enough in practice I could absolutely see the coaches find a place for him in the offense (scat back, slot) or even on special teams (punt/kickoff returner). Aregeros also plays a little cornerback in high school and he might wind up there sometime in his career at UC. As a freshman, however, he may or may not be heading for a redshirt year.