It’s no secret that the wide receiver corps is in desperate need of talent following the departure of several players who combined for a ton of production last season. Luckily for the Illinois Fighting Illini they have managed to bring in a pair of freshman wideouts as well as a pair of JUCO players to help fill that void. One of the freshman wideouts turned in his National Letter of Intent a short while ago.
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He brings size, and great vision to the receiving corps. When asked what kind of impact Turner can have next season, Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit responded with this insight, “Malik is a big, strong, physical WR who has size & speed to compete against Big Ten cornerbacks immediately.”
Turner finished his senior season with 1400 yards, 24 Td’s, and 69 catches. It earned him a few awards, so let’s review them now.
- CS8 Player of the Year
- All-State first team
- IFCA 5A All-State
- 1st Team All-Chicago Tribune
- News-Gazette All State team
Turner is listed as a 3 Star recruit by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports, and ESPN. In short, he is a very good get for the Fighting Illini, and there is definitely a reason that Turner was the first call Wes Lunt made when he came aboard.
I had a chance to catch up with Mr. Turner recently, and asked him one simple question which he was gracious enough to answer:
RK: What intrigued you / helped you decide Illinois was the right fit for you?
MT: “I picked Illinois because of it being close to home and was easy for my mom, family and friends that have supported me to see me play. I also have grown strong, good relationships with the coaches and they are all down to earth. I feel comfortable there and after my official visit there was no doubt I wanted to be an ILLINI.”
Please take a couple minutes to watch IP’s official video release on Turner so that you can see what he brings to the Illini table.
Welcome aboard, Malik Turner! We look forward to watching you grow, and improve, as a player over the next four years in the Illini uniform.
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