A.J. Turner | LB | 6-2 | 212 | Lepanto, Ark. (East Poinsett County HS)
Turner comes to Arkansas as the No. 2-ranked player in Arkansas and the 33rd-ranked outside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports.com, the No. 4-ranked player in the state and the 47th-ranked outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com and the 35th-rated outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. As a two-way player for East Poinsett County, Turner made his mark on both sides of the ball and was named to the Arkansas Super Team by the Associated Press at linebacker. He collected 205 tackles, including 30 in one game, with 24 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles and one interception in 2011 as the Warriors advanced to the Arkansas 2A state semifinals and finished the season 11-1. In his junior season, he made 171 tackles, 28 for loss, forced five fumbles and intercepted one pass as well as scored 21 touchdowns on offense. He caught 30 passes for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns and gained 457 yards and 10 touchdowns on 63 rushes as East Poinsett County played into the second round of the state playoffs. Turner also played basketball and helped the Warriors win the state championship in 2011. Turner was one of the first commitments for the Class of 2012 and chose the Razorbacks over Ole Miss among others. He was coached at East Poinsett County by Brian Weathers.