Scout100 junior is set to visit UGA

One of the 2011 Scout100 prospects will be heading south this weekend. He visited Georgia over the summer for a camp and he is ready to see what the atmosphere is like on gameday in Athens.

One of the tops juniors up North is returning from a broken ankle that caused him to miss his sophomore season and he is getting things back on track.

"I was upset with my performance in the first game and I just did not play as good as I should have. I was determined to play better and I got my first pancake early and I haven't looked back since."

Turner is a tough critic because he has been dominant in 2009. He is back after missing last season and recruiting has really picked up for him.

"North Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Maryland have offered me to date."

The 6-foot-5, 305 pound junior out of Harrisonburg (VA) is getting interest from many other schools out of the ACC, Big Ten, SEC, and other major conferences. He has visited two schools already and he has another one planned for this weekend.

"I visited Ohio State for the USC game and I went to Virginia Tech when they played Nebraska. I will be going to Georgia this weekend."

He talks about his first two visits here.

Ohio State: "It was a national championship type game, the atmosphere was unbelievable, and there was an electric crowd. There was like 106,000 people there and my ears were starting to ring because of the noise. It was a great game and I got to talk to Coach Bowman before the game so it was nice. It was a really great experience."

Virginia Tech: "It was a great experience too. It was only two and a half hours away. The stadium is not as big as Ohio State's and there were not as many people there, but it was just about as loud. There is a lot of tradition there and there is a lot of good stuff there. I got to talk to most of the coaching staff and hang out with a lot of other recruits too, so that was great. I got to meet Bruce Smith and that was unbelievable."

Now Turner is ready to see the University of Georgia again. This will be his third visit in as many weeks and he is excited about it.

"I am really looking forward to the visit and I am ready to see a Georgia game," noted the Virginia junior. "I expect the atmosphere to be crazy and I think there will be about 92,000 fans in their stadium, so I know it will be loud. I got to see the stadium when I camped there and I am expecting it to be a great experience."

The Dawgs have been sending Turner mail, but he has not gotten the package he is hoping for from them just yet.

"I have gotten some letters from them and they sent me a media guide, but I have not received an offer from them yet and that is the one I am looking for. I had a good time at their camp, I liked the coaches, and I liked the atmosphere there, so I am ready to get back."

North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Maryland, and Ohio State were named by Turner as his top five. Others like Michigan State and Penn State are also on his list, but he has yet to see those schools in person.

The 2011 Scout100 member is getting a lot of attention and taking a lot of visits, but he is in no rush to make his decision.

"As of right now I can't really say when I will commit. I want to feel everything out right now, but I want to take my time, see everything, and take as much time as I need to know exactly where I want to go."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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