Khristian Turner’s football highlight video post reads, “I will not be outworked, (I’ve) always grinded to perfect my craft. I’m a leader on and off the field.”
Turner discovered that his personality and work ethic fits right in at West Point during his visit this past weekend.
So much that the Melissa (Texas) cornerback decided to switch his commitment to Army before leaving the academy. Turner, who was committed to Oklahoma Baptist University, joined the Black Knights’ 2024 class.
“I was honestly thinking about my future beyond college football,” Turner said. “Coach (Daryl) Dixon and coach (Jeff) Monken told me to come to West Point and give it a look and a chance. I did. The history of the academy, players sharing their experiences, the hospitality from day one (of the visit) until departure and the brotherhood were all second to none.
“I love the competitive nature of the players, their dedication and the coaches’ attention to detail. There is no place like West Point.”
It’s going to be quite a Signing Day Wednesday at Melissa High School. Turner and teammates Lincoln Dunn and Nathan Adejokun will sign their certificates of commitment. The trio often talked about the potential of playing together and attending the same college.
“We discussed football and the benefits that come along with playing for Army,” Turner said. “We really discussed the countless opportunities we would have after football being a graduate of West Point. We will, of course, push each other and encourage each other when things get tough. We will mesh our brotherhood with The Brotherhood.”
Turner’s early days of football began in Lawton, Okla., near Ft. Sill. He and his parents built friendships with families stationed there. Turner’s sister is in the Air Force. His great uncles was in the Army.
On the field, Turner says he feels comfortable with Army’s scheme with the coaching of Dixon, his position coach.
“Coach Dixon is very knowledgeable and detailed and that’s the way I prepare and the way I train,” Turner said. “Details are everything. He also likes his corners to be physical and as many can see from my film, I play in a very physical way.”