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Pitt Welcomed New RB Commit Ja’Kyrian Turner With Open Arms

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Pitt commit Ja'Kyrian Turner

Ja’Kyrian Turner had written down a few ideas in his notes before arriving in Pittsburgh over the weekend, but the experience blew those expectations out of the water.

Turner — a 5-foot-9, 160-pound three-star athlete from South Sumter in Bushnell, Fla. — had such a good trip to Pittsburgh for his official visit that he had to tell the Pitt coaches he committed before he flew back home to Central Florida.

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“Everything I saw, the whole environment, the coaches, the experiences and the facilities, it was just cool,” Turner told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It just blew me away.

“When I got there, it just felt like home. The environment was good, the coaching staff, I’d built a bond with them, and it felt like home. They welcomed me with open arms.”

There isn’t just one moment from the official visit that stands out to Turner; it’s the entire experience. He’s happy to be one of the newest Pitt commits.

He spent a lot of time during the visit with Lindsey Lamar and Desmond Reid, and it makes sense considering Pitt views Turner as a running back at the next level. He’s a versatile athlete at South Sumter, but with his skill set, the Panthers view him as a weapon out of the backfield.

Lamar likes Turner’s speed, attitude and dog-ness. But he’s also a versatile athlete who is able to get in and out of his breaks effortlessly and can cut on a dime.

“Coach Kade got a great offense, he knows how to get his players the ball, he knows how to move the ball down the field,” Turner said. “He just knows what he’s doing with the ball offensive-wise. He said I can fit right in and come in and make a big impact.”

Turner is coming off an electric junior season at South Sumter. If the Raiders got Turner the ball, a first down was almost guaranteed. He racked up 50 carries for 533 yards (10.6 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns, 15 receptions for 203 yards (13.5 yards per reception) and three touchdowns — adding 37 tackles (15 solo), three interceptions and five pass breakups.

But, of course, this isn’t the end of the road for Turner. In fact, it’s only the beginning. He’s coming in as a running back, which is a specialization he hasn’t mastered yet, but he’s excited. He’s excited to show the Panthers he’s ready.

“It means a lot,” Turner said. “It means that I’ve just got to keep working, keep my head down and remain humble.”

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Marty
Marty
9 days ago

Undersized and under recruited just another day as a Pitt fan 🤦

Atheos
Atheos
8 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Just like that undersized, under recruited DL from Penn Hills, what was that kid’s name?

Marty
Marty
8 days ago
Reply to  Atheos

Like that happens everyday. Give it a rest look at how awful the Donald we have have now is who simply got hyped up because of Aaron. The kid can’t even break into a depleted DL. You want to be mediocre for another decade that’s fine man I’m tired of seeing my hometown team run themselves into the ground. When FSU and Clemson leave a 4-8 Pitt team isn’t gonna look really appealing to the sec and big ten

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katuracassells@gmail.com
1 day ago
Reply to  Marty

The guy plays against very good competition. I have seen several of his games. Some of his best games were against schools that had multiple 4 star players. This guy runs a legitimate 4.3. He is projected as a back and can easily gain weight.

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