Turner pops at UT camp

Posted Jul 23, 2011

One speedy Class of 2013 running back literally "popped" while visiting Tennessee's football camp on Monday, which may be why he already has a scholarship offer from the Vols.

Argeros Turner II is a nationally ranked sprint star from Copley (Ohio) High School who used his 4.4 speed over 40 yards to rush for 1,198 yards as a sophomore last fall. While running a pass route in Tennessee's camp, however, Argeros (pronounced Ar-GARE-is) suffered a freak accident.

"I thought I was doing good," the 5-10, 165-pound junior said. "Then I dislocated my finger catching a pass, and that slowed me down a lot. But they popped it back into place and I finished the camp."

Turner's finger wasn't all that popped. His performance did, as well. Vol head coach Derek Dooley was so impressed that he decided to offer a scholarship a few hours later.

"I don't remember the exact words," Turner said, "but the head coach said he was going to offer me a scholarship."

The happiness in the young man's voice was obvious as he recalled the conversation's aftermath.

"I was excited," he told InsideTennessee by phone after returning to his hometown. "I was just there to see how good I could do. I wasn't expecting an offer."

Turner said his dad, also named Argeros, and his mom, Cassandra, also were thrilled by the news.

"Everyone was very positive," he said.

Like most visiting prospects, Turner was impressed by Tennessee's state-of-the-art facilities. He was even more impressed by the Vols, though.

"I got to see a little bit of the players working out," he recalled. "They were fired up the whole time."

Although the drive from Copley to Knoxville took "six or seven hours," Turner said the distance isn't a problem.

"Nah," he said. "It's fine."

Turner, who also sports an offer from Illinois, said his running style is pretty simple.

"I'm just a fast back," he said. "I see a hole and take it. Once I get a little bit of daylight, I'm gone."

Although he grew up in Big Ten Country, Turner knows all about SEC football. That could be a factor in his eventual college decision.

"Yeah," he said. "I love SEC football."

Here is Scout's take on this talented young running back:

"Made 2nd team All-Inland District as a freshman. Rushed for nearly 1,100 yards despite not starting until the third game. Nationally ranked AAU sprinter. Has run a 10.8 electronic 100-meter. Rushed for 1,198 yards with 15 touchdowns as a sophomore."

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