You will excuse DeSoto High School (Dallas) defensive back Myron Turner if he doesn’t root for Washington State for, well, the rest of his life. According to the Dallas Morning News, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound safety took an official football recruiting visit to WSU last weekend and re-affirmed his intention to sign with the Cougars on national signing day Feb. 6.
In fact, Turner was committed to head coach Mike Leach since October and spurned all other scholarship offers.
But after Turner returned home from Pullman, he received a call informing him that Washington State was no longer going to honor its offer. Instead, the scholarship originally earmarked for Turner would go to a larger safety, probably Montrel Meander (6-3, 185) of Palo Duro High in Amarillo.
DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis said he was infuriated that Leach jerked Turner’s scholarship.
“You just don’t do a kid like that,” Mathis told The Morning News. “Washington State isn’t welcome at DeSoto any longer.”
Mathis also told the newspaper that he understood that pulling offers happens, but that it shouldn’t occur two weeks away from signing day, especially when Turner had been steadfast in his commitment and so few other FBS options were still on the table. What made Mathis even more unhappy was that Leach took a visit to DeSoto last week, sitting in Mathis’ office and not once mentioning that Turner’s offer might be at risk.
“He didn’t say a thing,” Mathis said.
Of Turner, Mathis said, “He’s really hurt right now.”
NCAA rules forbid coaches to discuss recruiting before signing day. We’re sure Leach will have a ready, colorful explanation then.