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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Trainer | 2022 Notre Dame ATH Target Larry Turner-Gooden Has Bright Future

September 24, 2020

Darick Holmes can see the ultimate destination for Larry Turner-Gooden‍, the founder of Proway Training in California just isn’t sure exactly how the 2022 California athlete is going to get there.

“He’s so athletic he could go to the NFL as a receiver or a safety or a DB, put it like that,” Holmes says of the 6-foot, 180-pounder. “Once he gets to college, whatever position they choose for him, he’s going to go to the NFL at that position.

“Once he gets to college and he gets to the position they want to put him, he’s going to blossom even more.”

Several colleges are making their pitches to be the ones to help the St. Bernard High School star get there.

Turner-Gooden currently has offers from schools like Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Michigan, Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Florida State among others.

“Larry is a great kid, great player,” says Holmes.

Holmes points to Turner-Gooden’s work ethic as one of his greatest strengths.

“He wants to get better,” says Holmes. “He gets up early, he works out. It doesn’t take much to motivate him.

“A lot of these kids, you have to always call them to make sure they’re working out or things of that sort. Larry is naturally motivated. He gets up and gets his work done.”

He was also blessed with superb natural gifts.

“He has good height, a nice frame, speed, instincts,” Holmes says. “His football IQ is off the charts.”

Holmes played six years in the NFL and his son, Darnay, is a rookie defensive back with the New York Giants after three years as a starter at UCLA. Holmes can offer the players he trains some insight into the recruiting process and why an offer from Notre Dame is one to consider seriously.

“What I preach to a lot of my kids at my camps is the Baller & Brains thing,” he says. “It’s great to be a baller, but do you have the brains behind it? My son, Darnay, was a kid that Notre Dame offered also, but a lot of these kids can’t get these offers because they don’t have the grades.

“Larry separates himself by being one of the kids who has the grades. Notre Dame and Stanford, those are two that are definitely big to him.”

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