Harrisonburg's Landon Turner has always wanted to be a football player. "When I was little - two, three years old - I remember just wanting to play football and be in the NFL," says Harrisonburg Senior Landon Turner.
"Landon's got the God-given talent, and he's got the attitude that he wants to do it. And I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't achieve it all," says Landon's Football Coach Tim Sarver.
Landon has already been an all-state offensive lineman, Rivals.com ranks him among the top senior "college" prospects in the state, and after being recruited by more than a dozen schools, next year Landon will be a Tar Heel.
"That'll be a part of my life I'll always remember, because it was such a fun ride and experience. There were a lot of great schools, and North Carolina is just the best one for me," says Landon Turner.
But his desire to play college football also pushed Landon in the classroom. He plans to graduate high school early, and enroll at Carolina in January.
"Landon and the rest of his class did very well on the AP exam. Landon will be getting college credit. And overall, we were very pleased with how hard he worked," says Landon's U.S. History Teacher Mark Tueing.
"My mom and my parents really did a good job of kind of pounding the whole cumulative factor, how freshman year is just as important as senior, if not more," says Turner.
Right now, Landon has a 3-6 GPA, and he's a National Honor Society member, but he's not "all" business in the classroom.
"I wouldn't say I'm a class clown or anything, but I do try to get some laughs out of people, and I do get some complaints about teachers for talking too much."
"Everybody knows Landon, but he doesn't let it go to his head. He's very down-to-earth, and self-deprecating, and he's got a good sense of humor."
"I think Landon's a very popular person because of his personality. When you've got a young man like that, I think everyone is proud of him."