Posted: 11:50 pm Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Atlantic receiver Ezekiel Turner commits to Florida International 

By Post Staff

By Matt Porter and Jeff Greer

Ezekiel Turner says he’s heading south after the school year.

Turner

Turner

Atlantic’s senior wide receiver (see profile page here) chose Florida International Tuesday night, citing his connection with the program’s coaches and comfort with the Miami campus.

“FIU, they made me feel like family,” Turner said. “When I called, they picked up the phone and took the time out to answer any questions that I had. When I went down to campus, they showed me around and made me feel welcome.”

Turner, the No. 18 prospect on the PBGametime Big Board (see full list here), chose FIU over West Virginia, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.

“I liked all of them, but FIU stood out,” Turner said. “I love the school, I love the campus, I love the coaches and the atmosphere.”

Turner added his interest in West Virginia waned because of a lack of dialogue.

“It was hard to get in contact with the coaches,” Turner said. “From the start of the season, I had no communication with them.”

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, has 15 catches for 139 yards this season for Atlantic, which has struggled to move the ball at times. He projects as a slot receiver in FIU’s offense.

“I don’t think they’re recruiting too many slot receivers,” said his father, Summit Christian coach and former Atlantic assistant Bill Caesar. “If he put in the work, it’s open for him.”

“I have to work real hard, you know. I have to come in, catch on to what they have coming for me,” Turner said.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Players can sign letters of intent on national signing day is Feb. 2.