OL Jazston Turnetine (6-8 340) of Hutchinson JC, KS and Ellenwood, GA has given USC an answer for its left tackle position for 2020 and ’21 with his commitment to the Gamecocks Sunday while on his official visit. Gamecock offensive line coach Eric Wolford offered Turnetine in February and the Gamecocks were the team to beat since then.
“Coming from Nowhere, Kansas to a big time SEC school is nice,” Turnetine said. “They were my first offer and they show me they actually really want me. They showed me that they really cared, really cared about my family. When I got here, they showed me they really promote a family atmosphere. I really love South Carolina. They showed that they really love me and my family. I can tell my position coach is really excited about coaching me.”
Turnetine said he met with Wolford and head coach Will Muschamp Sunday morning and during their exit conversation, he told them of his decision to join them for the 2020 campaign He picked the Gamecocks over offers from Missouri, West Virginia, Houston, TCU, Utah, Arizona and others.
“It feels like a relief,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about the rest of recruiting and all the stress. They need veterans and they want me to come in as a veteran from JUCO and want me to be a leader. They like me at my weight, they like everything me about me. They didn’t care about nothing.”
Turnetine did not sign out of high school due to his academics but he has worked to improve those numbers so he can graduate in December. He said he is on schedule to do so and should be able to enroll in January. And he said he plans to major in an area of arts at USC that will lead to a career in design, architecture, cartoons and the like. He was impressed by what USC had to offer in that area.
“That really stood out to me,” Turnetine said.
He is the fourth offensive line commitment for the 2020 class and certainly one of the largest offensive line commitments ever for the Gamecocks. And he gives the Gamecocks eight commitments in the class.