Class of 2011

Jamal Turner

HometownArlington, TX
High schoolSam Houston High

Record-setting junior Jamal Turner of Sam Houston High in Arlington, Texas, accepted a scholarship offer for the 2011 season.

Turner threw for 2,063 yards and rushed for 2,032 in 10 games last fall against 5A competition, Texas' largest classification. Among Turner's 38 school records, he's amassed 7,148 yards of total offense in his career.

Turner owns approximately 50 school records and 30 city marks in Arlington. As a junior, Turner became the first Texas high school QB to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 in a 10-game season.

This year he gained 1,888 yards rushing, averaging 7 yards per carry, and threw for more than 1,500 to rank among the top dual-threat players nationally. Turner was named the District 4 MVP in Class 5A, and he was an honorable mention all-state honoree.

“I’m a competitor,” Turner said. “I know how good I am. As long as the ball’s in my hands, I’m happy.”

Turner played in the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 5, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Fla., and enrolled at Nebraska in spring 2011 to get a head start on learning the playbook.

During the week of his first game in fall 2010, Turner’s mother died after a long fight with multiple sclerosis and other health issues. His brother died in a motorcycle accident during Turner’s freshman year of high school.

“Just an outstanding young man, not only the maturity level but also just the teamsmanship," said Sam Houston coach Danny Edelman. "He’s a young man who has a lot to do with valuing other people, and he does a tremendous job of trying to find the best of a bad situation. He’s always trying his best to be part of the solution.”

He’s a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 7 dual-threat quarterback, according to ESPN ranks him sixth among quarterbacks and 50th overall. He’s the nation’s seventh-best quarterback, according to

Our take: Turner has been the starting quarterback in a spread offense since his sophomore year, so he has developed a foundation for playing the QB position. He certainly wants to play quarterback, but he has expressed a willingness to consider switching positions if it will increase his chances of seeing the field early. The Huskers will give him a look at QB, though. And they should. If Turner can develop into a reliable and efficient passer, the explosive speedster would be perfect for Nebraska’s zone read attack.

Photo Credit: Mark Davis/The World-Herald

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