Signed: Iowa DB Joshua Turner

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COMMIT DATE: August 11, 2016


EVALUATION: Turner is a cornerback that consistently flashes that well-rounded skill set. He might not have that quick-twitch, but does a nice job of anticipating and meeting the receiver at the ball. Turner plays a physical brand of football, and is a sound tackler that does a good job of wrapping up and driving through the opponent. Turner flashes active hands when operating in press-man, meaning he takes full advantage of the five-yard bump rule. He also shows decent change of direction when reading and reacting, but his ability to swarm to the football and play one-on-one in space is what really stands out.

RECRUITMENT: Turner held plenty of solid offers but as the summer was winding down, he ultimately narrowed his choices to Iowa and Wisconsin. He had visited the Badgers already but also took a summer visit to see the Hawkeyes. Kirk Ferentz and company impressed enough on that visit to win the battle against Paul Chryst and his staff for Turner's services. There might have been a rocky couple days thrown in since but for the most part he and Iowa have held together strong following his verbal pledge.

OUTLOOK: Turner is another future Hawkeye that has the skill set to play both cornerback and safety. I do think that he best serves the Iowa program right away as a cornerback because of how thin that spot is, and the expectation that Colbert and Stone settle in at safety. They will want three or four of their defensive backs to lock up wideouts on the outside and I think that will consist of Hankins, Harrell, Turner and perhaps Creamer. Turner has a great chance to play right away in some capacity. I'd anticipate it.


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