Harrisonburg (Va.) standout Landon Turner has been picking up offers left and right, but on Tuesday he received one with a little SEC flavor. Later that evening, Turner got word that his services could be used inside of Death Valley on Saturday nights.
“I was told to call Coach Morris at LSU Tuesday night and he was in a staff meeting so all of the coaches just sort of passed the phone around,” Turner stated. “They told me an offer was in the mail and they were very interested in me.”
Turner’s father West Turner was a linebacker at West Virginia and is very familiar with the college football landscape. Landon informed his father of his new offer and the two of them are going to try and make a trip down to Baton Rouge over the summer to check LSU out.
“The coaches said they want me to come down there for a visit,” Landon said. “I told them I’ll be spending a month during the summer with my dad in North Carolina, and we’d try to make a trip down there sometime during June or July.”
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound youngster said his communication with the LSU staff had been consistent, but admitted the offer came as a pleasant surprise.
“I had been receiving letters from LSU about camps and stuff, and I filled them out and sent them back,” Turner explained. “Honestly, at the time I wasn’t as interested in LSU as I was in some of the other teams because they hadn’t offered me yet. I knew if they did ever offer me, though, that it would change the way I felt, and since they did, it has.
“I do not know a whole lot about LSU other than what I see of them on television for game days,” Turner added. “I know LSU is a big time SEC school and I’m interested in seeing all that they have to offer.”
The Scout.com four-star prospect said the recent overture from the Tigers has put them in the mix with his other top schools.
“LSU is right up there with Virginia Tech, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Virginia and Georgia,” Turner confirmed. “I like those schools because they all offer good business programs and that is what I plan on majoring in.”
With schools spread out geographically, Turner hasn’t been able to visit as many as he would have liked at this point in the spring. But he does have a plan for getting around and seeing what each of his top suitors have to offer.
“I’ve already been to Virginia Tech for their junior day and I will be going to North Carolina this Saturday,” Turner said. “I might take a few more visits during the spring to the schools that are close to here, and then I’ll take some visits to places that are farther out during the summer.”
One thing that Turner has heard plenty and often over the course of the recruiting process is his direct ties to West Virginia, leaving many to believe he will likely follow in his father’s footsteps. Landon, on the other hand, feels differently.
“That will be a small factor in my decision,” he said of his family’s allegiance to West Virginia. “I grew up a fan of theirs, but my parents want me to go to the place that’s best for me, and that’s what I want too. I want to make the most intelligent decision that I can.”
The standout tackle will be keeping an eye on several factors that will help him make that decision. There’s the Business curriculum that will handle the academic side and then there’s the football side of things.
“I’m looking for a school with a good campus life,” Turner concluded. “It needs to be a place that will be enjoyable for four years. I’m looking for a place that has a good fan base where the whole town supports the team. To be honest, I just want to go to a program that’s competitive in the BCS. I’m a competitor and I want to play for a program that is as competitive as I am.”