Gainesville is at the top of 6A with a 6-0 start to the year. Part of their success has been their impressive line of scrimmage on both sides of the football, and junior center Wil Turner is among many who stand out.
Turner is a bashing center who does a good job with his hand placement and getting low to beat the defender. Last week, against Lanier, Turner was in his element making big blocks and later was named Offensive Lineman of the Week.
“My junior year is going good so far. We’re 6-0 and currently the number one 6A team in the state of Georgia. Jumping up to a starting position this year has really provided me with a great opportunity to develop as a player and leader, especially as a center,” Turner said.
Heading into the 2nd half of the season, the 2025 center has a few more goals he wants to attain.
“My goals for the rest of the season are to continue to improve my on-field fundamentals, as well as, continue to put on healthy mass with the weight room and my nutrition. From a team standpoint, the goal is to be 1-0 every week, and ultimately win the 6A state title,” he said.
At 6’3″ and 255 lbs., Turner has a solid frame to fill out and be a D1 caliber center. His technical skills on top of his good strength at the point of attack allow the center to get defensive linemen down efficiently.
“Since last year, my biggest improvements have been my overall explosion off of the ball and my performance in the weight room.”
Not only does Turner beat his man at the technical level and with his strength, but he also asserts a mindset that sets the tone for the offensive line.
“When I get on the field, the mindset is always to dominate my 1 on 1 matchup with the guy in front of me mentally and physically,” Turner said.
On the recruiting front, Turner is just beginning to start the process and he feels good about the initial contact.
“My recruiting has been going pretty good. I have been in contact with several coaches from different schools and have taken some game day visits.”
Turner has taken visits from Troy, Kennesaw State, and Middle Tennessee so far. Up ahead, Turner has a few more visits in the books.
“I am planning on also visiting UAB, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Florida State, and potentially others,” he said.
No doubt about it, Turner’s junior has been nothing short of incredible so far. Gainesville has played great football and is a major player to win the 6A state title, and linemen like Turner played a huge role. A lot can certainly happen in the final few months of the year, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter/X to hear the latest on the senior athletes all across the state of Georgia.