It didn’t take long for quarterback Brian Lewerke to get used to his newest target.
The long and rangy Adam Turner hauled in several passes from the Michigan State commit on the first day together in an Arizona State 7-on-7 passing tournament.
Pinnacle’s football team got an unexpected boost when the 6-foot-3, 175-pound wide receiver showed up new in the neighborhood this month.
It didn’t take long for Lewerke and Turner to click.
“He’s got a big, strong arm, very accurate,” Turner said.
Turner is another weapon in Pinnacle’s passing arsenal, complementing senior slot receiver Cules Rose.
Last season, Turner caught 65 passes for 1,233 yards and 16 touchdowns at Phoenix Thunderbird, helping the Chiefs win seven games and make the Division III playoffs.
Turner is making the move to Division I competition, the highest division.
He is ready. He already has a Washington offers, and figures after a fast start, many more Pac-12 offers will come his way.
Pinnacle is excited for Turner to be part of a team that last year came close to beating Chandler Hamilton in the regular season, before getting blown out by Hamilton in the Division I quarterfinals.
“He brings t he height factor,” Lewerke said. “Cules isn’t real tall but he’s a speedy guy. Adam brings that height where I can throw the ball up and get a touchdown.
“He’s like a Larry Fitzgerald. You throw the ball up to him and he’ll get it.”
Turner said it was a family move, leaving Thunderbird, and something he had no say or control over.
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“They were excited to have me, and I was excited to be there,” Turner said about the warm reception he received at Pinnacle. “Of course, I didn’t want to leave my coaches and teammates at Thunderbird. But I moved into a good program, and I’m excited about it.”
Turner said he was close to the people in the Thunderbird program. There was nothing negative that would cause him to want to leave.
“We’ve been together since my freshman year,” Turner said. “I always thought I’d be graduating with them my senior year. It was tough to leave.”
Rose caught 17 passes for 353 yards and eight TDs last season.
Rose and Turner could end up being one of the state’s top receiving tandems. Justin Mandrola, another big target at 6-2, 200, returns for his junior year after catching eight passes for 96 yards and a TD.
Pinnacle will have to find someone to replace running back Josh Hoekstra and his 1,227 tough rushing yards.
Turner is looking forward to helping Pinnacle’s passing game even more.
“We’re going to stretch it and open up the running game,” Turner said.
Turner only has the Washington offer, which came before spring football.
He spent most of the spring in track and field and got a late start for spring football.
UC Davis has shown interest.
A couple of big games early for Pinnacle will help Turner’s recruiting. Pinnacle has one of the tougher schedules with games against Hamilton, Phoenix Horizon, Mesa Red Mountain and Chandler Basha.
“I feel that now I’m at a better school, people will see that I’m the real deal,” Turner said. “I have to get ready for college, so playing better competition will help with that.”