After leading Liberty to unparalleled success the last two seasons on the football field, Tyler Turner is hoping to have the same success at nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Turner, 31 has resigned at Liberty and has been named the new football leader at Olive Branch (MS) high school he confirmed.
Turner led Liberty to a 25-4 overall record in his two seasons in Jackson that led to the school’s first state title game this past season as they lost to Alcoa in the Class 3A title game as they finished the year at 12-3.
After being hired from Wynne (AR), Turner led the Crusaders to an undefeated regular season in 2015 as they made the 3A Semifinals finishing 13-1 before losing to CPA.
Turner is hoping that success at Liberty will translate to Olive Branch which went winless in 2016 as Turner will be the fifth head coach for Olive Branch since 2013.
He joins Scott Samsel (2013), Jeremy Toungett (2014), Steve Buckley (2015) and Pete Hurt (2016) as head coaches that have tried to get Olive Branch back to success after the Conquistadors won the Class 6A State title in 2011.
Olive Branch will drop down in classification in 2017 going from 6A to 5A.
Currently there are four schools in Liberty, Glencliff, Bledsoe County and Zion Christian looking for a head coach.
School is now out for summer but that doesn’t mean that recruiting hasn’t heated up as four statewide players recently committed to schools so here’s a quick update.
When Blackman rising senior running back Master Teague unveiled his final three college finalists of Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee, his real leader hadn’t shown him a scholarship offer yet.
That all changed when Teague attended an Ohio State camp last Friday where he finally received the one scholarship he had been wanting for all along.
Teague then wasted little time committing to the Buckeyes as he adds to an already loaded 2018 recruiting class that features 13 commitments including Franklin offensive lineman Max Wray.
“Master is an outstanding young man and athlete. He is very deserving of the recognition and success he has achieved to this point. We are very excited to see what he can do his senior season and beyond,” Blackman coach David Watson said.
As a junior in 2016, Teague (5-11, 210) rushed for 2,031 yards and 24 touchdowns despite missing two games because of a concussion and chose the Buckeyes over 23 other offers.
*Jacolby Hewitt (Cordova WR)- Hometown Memphis was the leader for Hewitt until he got an offer from Indiana. Hewitt (6-2, 190) caught 33 passes for 694 yards and scored seven touchdowns and chose the Hoosiers over Memphis, Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and UT-Martin.
“Jacolby is a great young man. For what he had to endure growing up and the hardships that he have overcome in his life, you couldn’t have asked for a better situation. The University of Indiana is getting a great football player, but an even better person,” Cordova coach Anthony Jones said.
*Jarek Campbell (Riverdale DB)- Campbell (6-0, 195) became Louisville’s 11th commitment for the 2018 class as he chose the Cardinal over offers from Kentucky, Memphis and Tennessee. Last year, he made 32 tackles for the Warriors.
“Jarek has worked really hard this offseason and has improved his game in all areas. We are really proud for him and his family. We are expecting big things from him this fall,” Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said.
*Nyle Love (Lausanne LB)- While Memphis lost out on Cordova wide receiver Jacolby Hewitt, the Tigers got a commitment from Lausanne linebacker Nyle Love. Love (6-1, 225) made 53 tackles and intercepted four passes to help the Lynx win the Division II-A state title in 2016.
Others that have committed this offseason are: Franklin offensive lineman Max Wray (Ohio St.), Baylor safety Brendan Harris (Tennessee), Nashville Christian defensive lineman Brant Lawless (Tennessee), Farragut tight end Jacob Warren (Tennessee), Gibbs offensive lineman Ollie Lane (Tennessee), Northwest athlete Shatar McClay (Tennessee), Harding Academy offensive lineman Will Lawrence (Virginia), Notre Dame offensive lineman Sam Stovall (Western Kentucky), Gibbs offensive lineman Dalton Widner (UNC Charlotte), Knoxville Webb linebacker Morgan Ernst (Army), Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Cam Blakely (Miami, OH), Siegel offensive lineman Maxwell Iyama (South Carolina), Brentwood offensive lineman Cole Mabry (Notre Dame), Knoxville Catholic offensive lineman Cade Mays (Tennessee), Coffee County athlete Alontae Taylor (Tennessee), Brentwood Academy linebacker Jack Sirmon (Washington), Baylor offensive lineman Walker Culver (Colorado) and Southwind defensive end Jordan Davis (Alabama) as in state commitments for the Class of 2018.
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