Fast mover: John Curtis speedy wide receiver Michael Turner Jr. offers commitment to LSU a week following scholarship offer

Tigers lose pledge to Houston in four-star linebacker Maurice Williams II

A week after turning heads at LSU skills camp, where he earned a scholarship offer, John Curtis wide receiver Michael Turner Jr. committed to the Tigers.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Turner, a four-star prospect, confirmed the news on his Twitter account that he had spoken with second-year head coach Brian Kelly.

“His message was he loved how I was hungry and came back to camp and earned my offer,” Turner told On3Sports after earning an offer from Kelly on June 17. “He said I could have just stayed home and been like ‘just forget about it’, but he liked how I came back and showed him I wanted it.”

LSU’s commitment total in its Class of 2024 remained at 18 overall with its 12th from an in-state prospect. The Tigers, who lost a pledge from four-start linebacker Maurice Williams II of Pearland, Texas to Houston, also have three wide receiver prospects, including two players from Louisiana in Kylan Billiot of Terrebonne and Turner.

Turner is the nation’s No. 398 player per On3, No. 65 wide out and ninth-best prospect in Louisiana.

Because of his experience as a defensive back, where he collected 29 tackles, an interception and 71-yard fumble return in 2022, Turner is the nation’s No. 25 athlete per 247Sports.

Turner wooed LSU’s coaches last week with his speed, turning in a 4.29 time in the 40-yard dash. He also picked up offers from Georgia Tech, where he took an official visit last week, along with Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Miami, Ole Miss, Tulane, UL-Lafayette and Virginia.

He caught 25 passes for 519 yards and six touchdowns, helping the Patriots to a 12-2 record and Division I select state championship.

Turner also ran legs on John Curtis’ third-place 4×100 and 4×200 relays at the Class 5A state meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

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