Duke was the first school to offer in-state WR prospect Tre Turner, and the Blue Devils continue to stay in contact and pitch the program to the 6-foot-4, 180 pound pass catcher. Over the weekend Duke hosted Turner for another visit.
“We did a lot on the trip,” said Turner. “We learned about the education program and how the schedule works, and who helps with all of that. We also got to watch the first day of Spring Practice, had a player’s forum, got a chance to make smoothies, and had a meal. It was a little bit of everything.”
After the Blue Devils offered on November 7th, Turner had visited once before, and he classified this visit as a continuation of the first.
“It’s the second time I’ve visited and I get more impressed with the football program each time I’m there.”
With his recruitment being spearheaded by Coach Jeff Faris, Turner says the Duke pitch is a familiar one for followers of the program. But, it also remains effective.
“The main pitch is that I could be the future of Duke Football, and the decision is really all in my hands. I spent the most time with Coach Faris, and I like the way he coaches. He’s young and he likes to break down things in a play by play manner. He was all over the place at practice.”
Though he has not yet been assigned a star rating by Scout, Turner has offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. A handful of other schools are in pursuit, all needing a big receiver with a varied skill-set. For his part, Turner believes he provides just that.
“I feel like my biggest strength is my first move after the catch. My speed is what shocks a lot of people. Also, I block well. Going forward I need to get stronger going into my junior year.”
Along with his accolades on the football field, Turner is also an accomplished basketball player as well. His half-brother, P.J. Hairston, played at North Carolina. And while the gridiron seems to be Turner’s path at the moment, he’s leaving the door open for playing both sports.
“I haven’t decided if I want to play both or just one yet, but playing both basketball and football is definitely something I’m considering.”
As far as summer plans go, Turner says he will attend Duke’s Saturday Night Live event, and has no other plans confirmed at the moment.