One of the best pitchers on one of the best teams in the country, Carson Turnquist was sure to draw attention heading into the 2020 summer. With several big outings in big tournaments, proving he was also one of the best pitchers in the entire country, it didn’t take long for offers to fly in for the right-hander out of Paso Robles. In the end, a blueblood out of the Big XII landed the big arm, where sooner or later more big things are expected for future Oklahoma hurler.

Here’s Turnquist breaking down his recruiting process, how coaches and players alike within BPA helps his growth and what’s next as he gets ready for one last summer with BPA.

In five words, describe what it feels like to say Carson Turnquist, Oklahoma-commit.

Happy to be a Sooner.

Now, in more than five words, describe the moment or thoughts behind how you determined Oklahoma was the right fit for you.

I knew Oklahoma was the right fit for me as soon as I talked to Skip. I really connected with him in a way that was unique to me. That he showed me how he cared about me before he starts teaching me what he knows. Seeing guys like Clayton Kershaw, and something like the their whole starting rotation drafted last year in the top 5 rounds, really drew my eyes even more to him. I loved the family atmosphere they’re known for at Oklahoma, I loved the campus and really thought that was the right fit for me after that.

Do you recall the first time Coach Johnson and staff indicated their interest in you?

Yes, it was at the WWBA in Georgia and I got on the phone with Coach Vanhook and Skip Johnson. I remember them both emphasizing on how they cared about me taking my time in the recruiting process. They for sure made sure I knew there was no rush. And from that point on I’ve got nothing but passionate coaching and love for the game from them.

Looking back, what do you think ultimately sold the Sooner staff on you being a good fit for the program?

I think their ability to produce MLB pitchers was a big thing for me for sure. The family atmosphere provided at OU is like no other and that was really important to me as well.

Can you point to a specific moment or aspect of being a part of BPA that helped you reach your goal of playing at the next level?

Definitely from the beginning, Jared treated me really good from day one. When I got hurt he was always checking in on me and I feel like caring about your people is definitely an important aspect that Jared did a really good job at. I kind of had that respect to where he put his work and time into me, and I had to do my part of getting better and grinding on my own.

From the beginning with all the hope he put into me made me realize I could definitely play at the next level. If I were to name a specific game it would probably be at the WWBA tournament in Georgia at the beginning of summer. Where my first outing was two innings, topping 91, with like 75% strikes. That made me realize I just need to work harder to be the best at the next level.

You helped force the country take notice of BPA 2022 this summer, earning the No. 1 seed at WWBA and winning the fall underclass championship. What do you draw on when playing in such big tournaments?

I draw on the amount of work I put in, countless hours off the field, and on the field whether it’s playing catch, sprinting, doing recovery things. It definitely makes me feel good when I go into an event and I feel just that much stronger, that much better than I was the last tournament. It makes me realize that if I don’t do good or well that I still need to work on things. But I definitely draw on the grind I put on to myself when I’m back home, how I see it is I can’t let all those hours of work go to waste.

When you see the pitching staff the team has, how does having AJ Hurtado, Aaron Rettew, Oliver Santos, Alex Wallace, etc., help make you a better pitcher?

Having Santos, Rettew, and Wallace all help me be a better pitcher, we all tend to have really in depth conversations together about pitching. We know that we can only get better by each other’s honesty and that’s another big thing in our pitchers making each other better.

You were also a part of the team that went to Fort Myers and played in the WWBA World Championship. What did seeing the competition at the next level up do for you heading into the offseason?

Heading into the offseason coming off of the WWBA World Championship I felt very good about myself. I knew that that will be me in a year and I just have to work and get better to prepare myself to be in the top percent at the same event the next time I go. I feel like what really made me confident was knowing the talent gap between juniors and seniors. It’s pretty significant when you play a year above you notice the talent level goes up an insane amount. The intensity the 2021 age group I faced was a lot different than what it was in facing 2022 hitters all summer.

You’re not too far away from one last summer with BPA. What do you want to accomplish in your final year wearing the Black and Gold?

I just want to turn as many heads as possible in big tournaments, I want to push BPA’s name out there as the best in the country. I want to be good at what I do but also, I want to make memories with my friends. Whether I’ll play them or see them in college or not, I feel like an impression you leave on someone is how you treat them and how you make them feel and not how you play. Spending time with the boys at tournaments might be the best moments and memories I’ve ever made.

If you had 15 seconds to sell me on Oklahoma, what are you telling me?

I would for sure say how beautiful the campus is, the facilities are, and pretty much everything there is at Oklahoma. I would say the coaching a pitcher will receive at Oklahoma will be like no other. With Skip teaching you the way his mindset is with things, the lessons you will learn as a pitcher will bring you to the next level after college.