The Black Knights are picking up where they left on relative to their 2012 recruiting class, which saw Head Coach Rich Ellerson and his staff receive the commitment of several top tier players from what is commonly know as the "Polynesian Triangle" or those players that have connected family roots to that region.
As we stated in a previous GBK article ... to understand this region's deep history and culture, one must understand the greater Polynesian phenomenon. Hawai'i is at the apex of the Polynesian Triangle, a region of the Pacific Ocean anchored by three island groups: Hawai'i, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Aotearoa (New Zealand).
The 2012 class and you have big offensive lineman, Lofi Tamasese; stalwart defensive tackle, Ammon Tuimaunei (Tui'); linebacker Kyle Fleming and safety Tim Kamana.
As such, Dakota Turner out of Mililani (Hawaii) Mililani High School already has a Army-Hawaii football connection in Kamana. "Yes, Tim and I have a mutual friend," declares Turner. "We see each other at family and friends gatherings. I haven't talked to him since I was offered by Army, although I know he committed to them.
Of course the Black Knights staff recently to Turner has interested they are in his talents and following in the footsteps of the aforementioned members of the 2012 Army recruiting class.
The Offer & The Reaction
"Coach Saadat came out last week and he talked to me and one of our O-line, Joey Anglemire and offered both of us," adds Turner.
"I told Coach Saadat, thank you very much and I then notified my parents," says Turner, who admitted that he was caught off guard upon receiving his first college football scholarship offer, although the staff had seen one of Turner's practice/workouts and was obviously impressed. "Actually, I really wasn't expecting it (Army offer) and I thought Washington State was on the edge of offering, but Army just came around and offered. I was real excited."
But what also impressive according to Turner, was Saadat not putting on a full court recruiting press or trying to make a hard sell.
"He wasn't really trying to have me commit or anything," declares the hard nose defender. "He actually said, that I could wait for other offers and when the time comes to make a commitment, I could let him know then.
And what was Turner's father's reaction upon hearing the news? "When I told my dad that Army offered, he said wow man, you don't know how lucky you are. It's a blessing to have that. He said that they not only see you as football player, but academically and as a leader and you have to have all those characteristics to qualify."
"It's a great school, as well as the history behind them and the fact that you have a career upon graduation stands out. I'm still keeping my options open and hoping for more offers."
According to Turner, Army is one school that he will visit officially, but the likelihood of him making his way to West Point this summer is almost zero due to his summer football camp schedule on the mainland.
But when it comes to deciding on a college, the defensive prospect made it clear that he is open to play anywhere in the country, as long as the school matches up to his check list.
"That (location) is not a big deal for me," says Turner. "My dad's a marine, so I moved around a lot growing up. I've lived in Korea, Virginia, North Carolina and Hawai'i, but Hawaii is my home though. I got family on the East Coast, the West Coast and central U.S., so wherever I go I have family all around."
At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds and athletic, Turner has the potential to play several positions at the next level. At Mililani he primarily plays defensive end, but surprisingly, Turner has lined up offensively at slotback and fullback. "The coaches noticed that I have the hands and the size and I'm a big target out there, so might as well get me the ball," declares Turner.
"Army looking me on the defensive side of the ball as either a middle linebacker, rush outside linebacker or d-end spot, depending on my size when I get up to college."
In 2011, Turner registered approximately 63 tackles, 20 TFL, 3 forces fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 fumble returned for a touchdown, as he made it clear what his perquisite are for any school that wants his talents.
"I'm looking for a school where I can fit into and fits me as well," he shared. "As well as coaches that are straight up with me and aren't lying about me being a starter coming in."
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Turner's recruiting throughout his senior year.
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