Asked to describe what makes Millwood star Josh Turner unique, the people who know him best couldn't come to a consensus.
His athletic gifts are obvious, based on the lengthy list of scholarship offers he received before settling on Texas.
But the people around him point to Turner's selfless nature, his focus on making good grades, and his work ethic on and off the football field.
The truth is, there isn't one quality that made Turner into the state's top football recruit.
He's the total package.
He's not a grade risk or a behavior risk. He's not selfish or egotistical. No sense of entitlement or brash demands for attention. He is prepared both athletically and mentally to be a Division I football player.
“Josh is the prototype guy you want all your kids to model after,” Millwood assistant coach Kevin Cox said. “He could have changed a lot through this whole recruiting process. He could've got a big head and started treating his teammates differently.
“But he never did.”
There probably have been more gifted athletes come out of Millwood, but Turner's intangible qualities put him in a class by himself.
“We've had great athletes who were just great athletes, and we've had great athletes who were competitive,” Millwood basketball coach Varryl Franklin said. “But this kid is a scholar-athlete who is very, very competitive.
“He has so many options available to him. I'm pretty sure he's going to be a success no matter what avenue he takes.”
On the field, it's not just his great speed or quick hips that make him a talented cornerback. It's his understanding of the game and his attention to the details of proper technique that make him special.
“He can see things on the field then come to the sideline and tell you what's happening and what we need to do,” Cox said. “You can tell him something one time and he's gonna do it to perfection, or he'll work on it until he gets it perfected.
“It's the small things he does that really set him apart.”
Academically, he ranks fifth in his class and scored a 20 on the ACT as a ninth grader. He has helped tutor some of his teammates as they prepare for college.
Turner knows there is no guarantee of an NFL career, so he's considering a profession in the medical field. When it came time to pick a college — and he could've gone just about anywhere — he wasn't only looking at facilities or coaches or playing time. He also checked out graduate schools.
“He's looking down the road,” said Avery Gilliland, Millwood's principal and athletic director. “Some kids learn to do that once you get there, but Josh understands it now. There's a lot of hard work involved. He's already done a lot of hard work and he knows that's only going to continue when he gets to Texas.
“With the qualities and skills he has now, he'll be successful one way or the other, whether it's in football, as a doctor, as a lawyer — whatever he wants to do.”