Cabot tackle Martin Turner, a three-year starter for the Panthers, singed a National Letter of Intent with Trinity Bible College during a ceremony Friday at the CHS media center.
Trinity is a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association and is located in Ellendale, N.D.
Turner said he chose Trinity because of his religious beliefs.
“They gave me a good deal for a scholarship and I knew it was God’s plan for me,” he said.
Turner said several other schools were interested in him, including Bluefield College in Virginia, Pasadena City College in California, Mayville State University in North Dakota and Waldorf College in Iowa.
“This is a dream come true,” Turner said. “Ever since I was little, I would always tell my parents that I wanted to make a big step in life and go to college and play football and get one step closer to my dream of making the NFL.”
Turner said he played youth football for a few years but not seriously until starting the seventh grade in Cabot.
Cabot coach Mike Malham said Turner is getting a good opportunity to play on the collegiate level.
“It’s a smaller school and I think it will be a good place for him to go where he can produce,” Malham said. “He’s not the biggest linemen we’ve ever had but he was effective. He started with the Pledgers for three years and did a great job for us.”
Turner joins linemen Heath and Keith Pledger in signing with colleges. The Pledger twins recently signed with Harding University.
“I would to thank my teammates for always being there for me when i was down and for everyone who told me I couldn’t do it, they were still by my side, motivating me to prove my critics wrong.”