BUFORD, Ga. — The one-two running backs punch of Christian Turner and Anthony Grant showed out on their home turf Monday afternoon, both earning scholarship offers from North Carolina State.
The Buford tailbacks ran scorching 40-yard dash times on a day where the heat index went over 100 degrees on the field turf on the school’s campus.
“Coming in, me and Ant had a competition, and I ran the slower one, a 4.43,” said Turner. “We were just happy to compete today, see some new faces after competing against each other in practice all the time.”
Buford hosted the satellite camp run primarily by coaches from Tennessee, North Carolina State and Wake Forest.
Both Turner and Grant are 5-foot-11 and weight in the 180-pound range, though they each likely sweated off a few pounds running drill work.
Grant, like Turner, said the competition kept him going.
“I just liked the excitement of the camp and feeding off each other out there,” said Grant, who clocked a 4.35 in the 40. “Coach (Robert) Gillespie helped me with my footwork and taught me how to be better running routes.
“It’s the first time Tennessee has talked to me, and the coach just said he liked the way I worked.”
Turner said he and Grant have no problem sharing the backfield at Buford.
“I’d like to say we’re diverse,” Turner said. “They find ways to put us in the game together.”
Turner said he got his offer from North Carolina State during one of the camp’s many water breaks.
“We talked to (the coach) a couple times before, while we were between drills, and we were getting a water break and he just came up to me and gave me his card,” Turner said ,”and right before I went back to the drill, he said ‘Oh you got an offer.’ “
Turner said he has an unofficial visit planned to Miami, Fla., on July 16.
Both Turner and Grant said they’re not sure how many other camps they’ll attend, but they plan to keep working out at Buford throughout the summer.