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Millwood football player Josh Turner the total package

The University of Texas isn't just getting a stellar athlete in Millwood's Josh Turner. The people around Turner say Texas is getting a stellar athlete who makes good grades, is selfless on and off the field and who has an outstanding work ethic.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Modified: January 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm •  Published: January 28, 2011

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.

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