Central Michigan is one of the many schools in pursuit of Turfe, and the Chippewas had an interesting reaction to his junior highlight tape as they reviewed his film before a recent unofficial visit to the Mount Pleasant campus.
"Coach [Archie] Collins told me when they were watching my film a coach asked, ‘What college is that?' because our Wing T offense worked so well and we were so well coached," said Turfe.
Turfe spent a considerable amount of time with his primary recruiter, defensive back coach Archie Collins, when he arrived at CMU for his unofficial visit.
"I got to talk to coach Archie Collins first," said Turfe. "He is the one that I have been in contact with a lot and he's my recruiting coach for my area. We were talking about how I'm going to be evaluated at either defense or offense. They're going to try and see what I fit in at."
After he was welcomed to Central's campus and had the chance to meet with Collins, it was running back coach and recruiting coordinator Gino Guidugli and head coach Dan Enos who were next up to court Turfe.
"Then I got to talk to running back coach Guidugli," said Turfe. "He taught me some pointers and broke down film in a film session. He told me that I run very hard and am a great running back. He said he'd love to try and see me attempt the summer camp.
"I got to have a word with coach Enos, the head coach. I was very happy because it's always good to be able to talk to a guy you've looked up to and watched on national television coach a highly successful program. He told me that I come from a great school and I am a great player as well. He told me that he is very familiar with Canton High School and my head coach."
One of the first events on the docket for the day was a morning film session with the entire Central Michigan football team. This led to subsequent film sessions and showed Turfe just how the Chippewas operate on a daily basis during the spring.
"I got to come in and sit in the front during a team film session," said Turfe. "Then film breakdown with the head coach. Then position film. I was the only running back to be with the Central Michigan running backs and running backs coach. I felt a part of the team. I learned a lot of pointers while watching running back film. Then I got to watch the offense scrimmage the defense- very intense. It made me want to put some pads on and get out there."
What Turfe saw during his time at Central Michigan was quite positive. After learning more about the offense that the Chippewas employ, Turfe feels that he could be successful in the Central Michigan offense.
"They have a two running back set, but I think I can add more other than my running because they rely on the running backs to pick up blitzes,"
said Turfe. "That's a strength I have. Everybody already knows I can run the ball. They see what I do and after the first play of the game they will know who I am. But anyone in the nation can carry a football and run. I'm a complete back. I can run and block. I love to block. You don't get a lot of those guys."
At first Turfe was receiving interest from CMU at defensive back, but it has since shifted to the offensive side of the ball as was evidenced by the doings of his visit. This is a welcomed change by Turfe who would prefer to play running back in college.
Turfe, too, is seeing interest from Eastern Michigan pick up as well. The 5-foot-11, 185 pound prospect was recently on the Eagle's campus and had an enjoyable experience at EMU as well.
"Eastern [Michigan] is very interested," said Turfe. "They knew me and handwrote me a letter. [I] had a lot of individual talks. They're going to evaluate me and I think I might be offered from them soon. They have only offered one kid with their new coaching staff, so it's good that they are getting to know me."
Turfe is visiting the Akron Zips today, a school that has considerably ramped up their recruitment in the past few weeks. Texas A&M, Miami (Fl.) and Michigan State have all showed varying levels of interest in Turfe as well. Look for Turfe's name to pop up at several schools across the region as his profile continues to expand over the offseason.