Ex-TCU returner KaVontae Turpin is looking for a chance at the NFL
KaVontae Turpin is not likely to participate in TCU’s Pro Day next week.
Coach Gary Patterson said Turpin would be able to take part in it if his legal issues were resolved by March 29, the date of the Pro Day. The likelihood of that happening appears slim.
“The closer it gets to it, I’d tell you it’s not looking favorable,” Patterson said on Thursday.
Turpin is facing domestic violence charges in New Mexico and Fort Worth, and each case is still pending. The Fort Worth incident with his then-girlfriend happened last October, and an incident from March 2018 in New Mexico involving the same woman came to light afterward.
Patterson dismissed Turpin from the team in the fallout.
The New Mexico case has a pre-trial hearing set for Monday, and a court clerk at the Las Cruces [N.M.] Magistrate Court said it’s “highly doubtful” the case would be resolved by March 29.
A spokesperson for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office said Turpin’s Fort Worth case charges are “still pending.”
Patterson said if the legal charges aren’t resolved by March 29, Turpin would not participate.
“We still have to have standards and he knows that,” Patterson said. “I’ll have a conversation with him, this university will have a conversation with him. I still love Turpin to death, but the bottom line is there’s still standards.”
Turpin is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands, the best returner in TCU history. He has been training at APEC in Fort Worth, and told the Star-Telegram last month he has put on 10 pounds and weighs 165.
At 5-foot-9, though, Turpin has been viewed as a borderline NFL prospect. But Patterson said NFL teams are interested in him.
“There’s a lot of NFL teams that are interested in him,” Patterson said. “Whether he does [Pro Day] here, or he does it somewhere else, he will do it.
“He’s a very talented person when it comes to football.”
Turpin finished his TCU career with four punt returns for touchdowns, one in each of his seasons, and two kickoff returns for TDs. He also had 13 receiving TDs, two rushing TDs and one passing TD.
He averaged 28 yards on kickoff returns, and 14.3 yards on punt returns.
Much like his Pro Day status, though, his professional dreams likely hinge on getting the domestic violence allegations resolved in a favorable manner.