All-American DE Turner to join Alabama

Five-star defensive end Dallas Turner announced his decision to play at Alabama in 2021.

Turner, who had 15 sacks as a junior and was named a MaxPreps High School Junior All-American, will play for St. Thomas Aquinas this season. He considered Alabama among finalists Michigan, Georgia and Florida before choosing the Crimson Tide in an announcement on CBS Sports.

“I have a really close relationship with the defensive staff and the coaches there,” Turner said. “And coach (Nick) Saban, he’s a defensive guy.”

ESPN and Rivals ranked Turner as a five-star defensive end. The 247Sports composite puts Turner as a four-star recruit and No. 44 recruit in the country.

Turner played at American Heritage in 2019.

Turner said Alabama fans should know what makes him a coveted player.

“I’m a dog,” Turner said. “I’m a special type of player: fast, energetic, high-motor, also a very smart player.”