Turner Signs with Alma

By Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Marion senior Camren Turner led the football team in tackles last fall with 58. This fall he’ll begin to tackle a new challenge, as he recently signed a letter of intent to play football at the next level at Alma College.

“It’s exciting but it is also making me nervous at the same time,” Turner, who plans to study environmental science said. “I’m excited I have a chance to go play, it’s another step up from high school so I’m a little bit nervous about the difference that I’m going to see.”

Turner was named to first team all-conference as a linebacker and honorable mention all-conference for an Eagles team that went 5-4 this fall. He expects to fight for playing time on the field as a linebacker for Alma.

Supporting Camren at his signing are his mom Angie Turner, dad Mike Turner and football coach Chad Jenema.

Supporting Camren at his signing are his mom Angie Turner, dad Mike Turner and football coach Chad Jenema.

“He has worked really hard to get where he is at,” Marion head football coach Chad Jenema said. “He has really worked himself to be in this position, to play college football. I wish him the best of luck at the next level, he should do well. Hopefully he leads the way for more players to follow in his footsteps.”

For Turner, announcing he’ll suit up for the Scots, a team that went 7-3 in the MIAA last season, is the fulfillment of a goal.

“It has always been a goal but I never knew it was really obtainable until probably my sophomore year,” he said. “Before that, I never really felt I had success in football but after that everything just kind of fell into place. I’ve talked with their coaches and went on a couple of visits and those helped a great deal. It just feels like home to me, it’s a smaller school, it’s pretty close and they even have the same colors we do.”

With his high school career coming to a close, it also means his venture in the collegiate ranks is getting closer to fruition as well.

“After baseball and track is over and after I graduate I’m going to start working out more often,” Turner said. “They have an off-season lifting program that I’m going to get into and I’m really hoping that will get me ready for the season.”




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