D.J. Turner knew that he wanted to be a part of what’s become known by some as “The DMV Movement.” He just needed the green light.
On January 18, the DeMatha junior DB/WR got it when he received an offer from Maryland football Coach Randy Edsall. One week later, Turner made his way to the College Park campus and committed to play for the Terps.
“Ever since I got the offer last week, I knew I’d end up at Maryland,” Turner said. “There’s a DMV movement where a lot of recruits are starting to stay close to home to play at Maryland. I feel like I can make a name for this area, being born and raised here, and hopefully win a championship for Maryland.”
Turner played a significant role in helping another Maryland-based team win a title this past fall as a part of DeMatha’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship run. The speedy, 5-foot-9, 188-pound athlete made his presence felt all over the field, from leading the team with 29 catches for 494 yards and five touchdowns to returning a punt for a touchdown in the semifinals and intercepting eight passes as a stout defender in the secondary.
In talking with Edsall following his commitment on Saturday, Turner said they discussed the possibility of playing any one of those roles once he suits up for the Terps in 2016.
“I don’t really have a preference,” Turner said. “I feel like I can play whatever position they need me to.”
With his decision, the junior joins several other area standouts in the 2016 class, including DeMatha teammate Lorenzo Harrison and Good Counsel All-Met linebacker Keandre Jones. Turner also held offers from Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Toledo and Western Michigan before ultimately — and quickly — deciding on the school about 10 miles from his Glenarden home.
“[Edsall] was definitely happy,” Turner said. “He talked about starting a movement locally and how he saw me as a big part in doing that. He said I made his day and it definitely was a great day for me, too.”
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Speaking of locals, Riverdale Baptist alum Brandon Peel earned the top play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 this weekend with this buzzer beater for Central Connecticut State. (h/t CCSU Blue Devils)
NUMBER CRUNCH: 7.39
Time in seconds that North Point’s Devon Gutrick ran the 55-meter hurdles event during Saturday’s SMAC indoor track championships, setting a new conference record. The feat helped the Eagles win their second straight boys’ title and join the girls’ team in victory.
- Shyeim Wright posted a mark of 45 feet, 3 1/4 inches in the triple jump en route to victory at Saturday’s Last Track to Philly event at Georgetown Prep.
- Freshman goaltender Jalen Greene did his part to help top-ranked Gonzaga ice hockey blank No. 8 O’Connell Friday night.
- Alabama nabbed another top local linemen as Eleanor Roosevelt All-Met OL Isaiah Prince committed to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
- A familiar quarterback-to-wide receiver connection helped guide Richard Montgomery boys’ basketball to a road win at Kennedy that kept the Rockets unbeaten on the year.
- Mary Clougherty scored 19 points as Chantilly girls’ basketball pulled away from Westfield.
PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND
Omar Alston and No. 15 Westlake bounced back with a big win at La Plata.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
No. 9 O’Connell at Paul VI boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m.
The two WCAC foes will renew their crosstown rivalry, with O’Connell hoping to extend its two-game win streak and Paul VI looking to round things into form following an up-and-down first half of the season.