Dillard star receiver Dennis Turner is trading one Miami university for another.
Turner announced his oral commitment to FIU on Sunday, following a decommitment from the University of Miami which some attributed to the Hurricanes recruiting him as a defensive back.
In an interview with the Miami Herald on Tuesday, Turner denied the prospect of playing defensive back was the deciding factor in reopening his recruitment and ultimately picking FIU over Toledo, Wake Forest and Northern Illinois.
“It would have been fun playing some cornerback, but it’s receiver I’m most comfortable with,’’ Turner said. “I’ve always been a receiver. Playing in my backyard is pretty good. I should see some playing time right away.”
FIU picks up a big-play receiver in Turner, who is 5-11, 170 pounds and accounted for more than 1,100 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to the Region 4-6A quarterfinals last season.
Turner said FIU receivers coach Cameron Turner said he compares favorably to FIU alum T.Y. Hilton, a rising star for the Indianapolis Colts.
“I’m going to bring FIU some explosiveness, tenacity, a team-first type of player who loves being around teammates,’’ Turner said. “Somebody who fights for their team, each and every game.”
Sophomore Kanesha Battle helped Zion Lutheran pick up its 20th win of the season after scoring a school-record 56 points in a 100-58 drubbing of Jupiter Christian.
Battle’s offensive explosion came off of 19 field goals made, 10 free throws and six three-pointers.
“She’s one of the top three guards in Broward County,” Zion Lutheran coach Tony Rini said. “She’s going to be a Division I player.”
Rini isn’t exaggerating when he describes his star guard, who averages a team-high 29.5 points per game.
Her sister, Brianna Battle, wasn’t much of a let down, either. She scored 30 points and dished out nine assists.
The scoring outburst from the Battle sisters contributed to the downfall of another record, the 100 total points is a school.
“It was a good night, but now I got to buy them a pizza party,” Rini said.
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LJ Lemmers scored a goal for Pembroke Pines Charter, but the Jaguars fell to Mourning 2-1 in the District 15-4A semifinals.
Mourning won the game in penalty kicks off a Matheus Mera goal.
The loss puts an end to the Jaguars’ season, which finished with an 8-5-4 record.District 15-4A semifinals: Mourning 2, Pembroke Pines Charter 1:
Brito Miami vs. Riviera Prep (Riviera Prep), 4:30
MAST vs. Edison (ED), 7:30
Hialeah Educational Academy vs. Somerset Academy (SOM), 7:00
LaSalle vs. Monsignor Pace (PACE), 7:00
Archbishop Curley vs. Sagemont (Sagemont), 7:00
SLAM Charter vs. Greater Miami Academy (GMA), 7:00
Northwestern vs. TERRA (TERRA), 7:30
Krop vs. Miami Beach (MB), 7:30
Miami Palmetto vs. Varela (VAR), 7:30
Goleman vs. Norland (NOR), 7:30
Jackson vs. Mater Academy Charter (MATER), 7:30
Hialeah Gardens vs. Miami High (MHS), 7:30
Southridge vs. Coral Reef (CR), 7:30
St. Brendan vs. Ronald Reagan (RR), 7:30
Doral Academy vs. Homestead (HOM), 7:30
Southwest vs. Coral Park (CP), 7:30
South Dade vs. Killian (KIL), 7:30
Hialeah vs. North Miami (NM), 7:30
South Miami vs. Coral Gables (CG), 7:30
Columbus vs. Ferguson (FER), 7:30
Mourning vs. Miami High (MHS), 7:30
Sunset vs. Braddock (BRAD), 7:30
SLAM Academy vs. Greater Miami Academy, 4:00
Westminster Christian vs. Archbishop Carroll, 4:00
St. Brendan vs. Carrollton, 5:00
Hialeah Educational vs. Somerset Academy, 5:30
Archbishop Curley vs. Sagemont, 5:30
Sheridan Hills vs. LaSalle, 6:00
Archemedian vs. Miami Christian, 6:00
Piper vs. Mourning, 6:30
American Heritage vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:00
Doctors Charter vs. Hillel (HIL), 7:00
Community School vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7:00
Pace vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 7:00
Gulliver vs. Pine Crest (Pine Crest), 7:30
Hillel vs. Hialeah Educational Academy (Hialeah Educational Academy), 3:30
Redland Christian vs. Barrington Christian (Barrington Christian), 5:00
Archemedian vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Somerset Charter (Homestead)), 5:00
Piper vs. Mourning (Mourning), 6:30
Keys Gate vs. Miami Christian (MCS), 6:30
Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:00
Carol City vs. Miami Beach (MB), 7:30