PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The number of Pine Belt natives scooped up in the National Football League Draft continues to increase. Former Perry County High School student, De' Lance Marquis Turner, is the third player to sign with a team during draft weekend.
Turner took to Twitter to announce his signing with a video tagged with "31 NFL teams gone hate me in a few months… ."
Turner signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent on Saturday, according to 3XL Sports Management.
"I'm just taking it all in right now and it's still hard to believe that I made it this far," Turner said in a press release. "I am honored to be able to get my foot in the door, but I'm nowhere near satisfied."
After the McLain native graduated high school, he attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
He then went on to Alcorn State University --- a Historically Black College and University in Lorman, Miss. Turner was considered a standout running back for the Braves' football program. According to Alcorn State University Athletics' website, during Turner's career as a Brave, he rushed for 1, 357 yards. The record, which was the second-most in the FCS, broke the single-season school record of 1,286 set in 1998 by Rodney Thomas.
Finishing second in the country in yards per carry and sixth in all-purpose yards per game, Turner received several accolades. The Associated Press recognized him as the FCS All-America Third-Team. Additionally, he was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week two times and an All-Conference First-Team selection.
As he college career came to a close, he ranked fifth all-time in the school's history in rushing yards with 2, 121 in three seasons.
Turner hope his opportunity with the Baltimore Ravens leads to more chances within the NFL.
"I want to go in with my head down, play hard, work my way up the roster and just ball out," Turner said in the press release. "My goal is to not only be a starter, but also help the team win championships."