Copley senior-to-be Aregeros Turner II continues to round into shape as the start of the high school football season quickly approaches.
Turner suffered a broken right leg last season in a game against Green on Oct. 14. He said Tuesday he will be ready to play this season for the Indians as a running back, wide receiver and defensive back.
“I feel pretty good,” Turner said. “There are not any problems with it. When I first started working out hard it would get extremely sore the day after. Now it is pretty much back to the same before I had the injury.”
Turner, 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, is also mulling over his college options, which includes five scholarship offers and interest from a host of other schools.
Turner said he currently holds scholarship offers from Illinois, Tennessee, Washington, Toledo and Akron.
Cincinnati, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State are other Division I schools that are showing a lot of interest in addition to several Division II colleges.
“I like Illinois the most just because they were my first offer,” Turner said. “Through the injury and the rehabilitation process, they have stayed in contact with me. They are No. 1 right now, but everyone is still in play. I am still open to all of the schools.”
Turner said he is open to playing either running back or defensive back in college, though his preference is to play running back. He expects to make his college decision between the middle and end of the high school season.
“Coaches have been very impressed with him on film and during workouts,” Copley coach Ron Viscounte said. “He is physically a little bit bigger than he was. His leg has healed 100 percent and in fact I think some of the times he ran at camps were even faster than last year. We expect him to be at full speed and a little bit better.”
Viscounte said he also expects Turner to assume a larger leadership role this season.
“He has always been a guy that players will look to and I’m hoping that he will be more of a vocal leader,” Viscounte said. “He is an all-state player. I want him to not only lead by example by the way he plays on the field, but also feel comfortable leading vocally.”
Turner recently ran a 4.48 seconds 40-yard dash at an Ohio State camp. He clocked a 4.44 seconds 40-yard time last year at a Raw Talent camp in Cleveland.