Busy Stretch for Turner

During his last week prior to beginning his North Carolina career, Landon Turner is in San Antonio preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"So far, I'm connecting with these guys from different parts of the country," Turner said. "It's been a great experience so far. I've been trying to represent Virginia and the University of North Carolina the best I can."

Turner has primarily played offensive tackle during his high school career at Harrisonburg (Va.). In the All-American Bowl, though, the 6-foot-5, 311-pounder will play guard and center.

"I've played a little guard this season [at Harrisonburg], so I have a little bit of experience" Turner said. "It's a real easy transition for me, because I can play all the offensive line positions.

"[Playing the interior], you're pulling more. Other than that, [tackle and guard] are the same."

Playing in the interior of the offensive line has provided Turner with a preview for his college career. The UNC coaching staff has informed him that, at the very least, guard is where his collegiate career will begin.

"I haven't pulled at guard before, so now I have that," Turner said. "I'm enjoying it. But, I just want to play. I'm a football player – that's who I am."

After playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Turner will head directly to Chapel Hill on Sunday. He'll move into his dorm and have orientation on Sunday and then begin classes on Monday.

"It's going to be a busy three-day stretch," Turner said.

Turner, who is undecided on a major, will be rooming with three other early enrollees – Travis Riley, T.J. Thorpe, and Marquise Williams.

"I don't have a big [relationship with them] yet, but I've talked to them before," Turner said. "But I expect it to grow here pretty soon."

After helping Harrisonburg to a better-than-expected 13-1 season that ended with a loss in the VHSL Division 4 Title game, Turner graduated on Dec. 17.

"[Since the football season], I've been preparing mentally and physically [for my collegiate career]," Turner said. "But I've been also enjoying my hometown, because I'm not going to see it for a while."

After verbally committing during a press conference in mid-July, Turner has remained solid to UNC, despite the school's tribulations.

"I love North Carolina," Turner said. "I love the coaches and I love the players. I love how everything is at the school."

The coach that Turner keeps in contact with the most is his future position coach, Sam Pittman.

"I talk to Coach Pittman at least once a week," Turner said. "I haven't had a chance to talk to him this week, though. We usually just talk about football and how things are going and life."

Turner says he believes he'll be sporting No. 78 for UNC.

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