Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. D.J. Turner is another DeMatha prospect with a promising future.
Player: D.J. Turner
Position: Wide receiver
High School: DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
Weight: 175 pounds
Other schools considered: Syracuse, Virginia and three others, per 247sports
247sports Composite: Three stars, No. 60 wide receiver, No. 14 in Maryland
Rivals: Four stars, No. 17 athlete, No. 7 in Maryland
ESPN: Three stars, No. 153 wide receiver, No. 24 in Maryland
Scout: Three stars, No. 61 wide receiver, No. 3 wide receiver in Maryland
Turner made headlines in August, but probably not for the reasons he would have liked: the DeMatha wide receiver suffered a gruesome broken leg in the Stags' season opener with a national audience watching on television. That ended what was projected to be a big senior season before really even began.
But according to a recruiting analyst, Turner could wind up being one of the best signings in the class.
"I absolutely love D.J. Turner," 247sports.com director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong said. "I'm excited to see how he comes back from the injury he had as a senior because athletically, he has great speed, great agility. [DeMatha coach] Elijah Brooks has always spoken highly of him. I think he's the best slot receiver in the country when everything's clicking on all cylinders."
In offensive coordinator Walt Bell's offense, Turner could have a big role as a playmaker in the slot. Arkansas State wide receiver J.D. McKissic was an all-Sun Belt selection in Bell's offense as a slot receiver, catching 104 passes in his two years with Bell.
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Turner committed to Maryland more than a year ago. He reportedly had an official visit scheduled to Syracuse in January, but he canceled it and reaffirmed his commitment to the Terps.