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story.lead_photo.caption Immanuel Turner (left), a former Magnolia Panther, is pictured during his playing days at La. Tech in Ruston, La.. Damarea Crockett, who also played at Magnolia, as well as Camden-Fairview, and Little Rock Christian in high school, is seen during his days at University of Missouri. - Photo by Associated Press

Turner, Crockett sign free agent deals with different NFL teams

A pair of NFL athletes with Magnolia ties have signed free agent contracts with their respective teams.

Cinncinnati Bengals made a roster move that included the signing of former Magnolia Panther and La. Tech star defensive end Immanuel Turner.

The Houston Texans signed undrafted rookie free agent Damarea Crockett, who played at Magnolia, Camden Fairview, Little Rock Christian and Missouri.

At Missouri, Crockett finished his career with 380 rushing attempts in three seasons for 2,252 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes in his career for 137 yards and two touchdowns, playing in a total of 401 plays. Crockett averaged six yards per play from the line of scrimmage for his career.

In his final season at Missouri, Crockett rushed the football 147 times for 709 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. His freshman season was his best on the stat sheet as he had 153 yards rushing for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Turner, who weighs in at 6-2 and 283 pounds, is an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech who spent time with the Cardinals before being let go this offseason. This past season, he racked up 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks for the Bulldogs, earning him honorable mention All-Conference USA honors. gave him a ‘priority free agent’ grade prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.

Turner was an all-state performer at Magnolia when he signed with the Bulldogs in 2015.

He played in seven games as a freshman (five tackles, two for loss, one sack), contributed in 14 contests with one start the following year (seven tackles), and increased his production slightly in 2017 (10 tackles, 1.5 for loss, one sack in 11 games).

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