The Terps are intent on adding a tight end in the 2016 class after failing to land one last year, and while the No. 1 target is four-star Naseir Upshur (Imhotep/Philadelphia, Pa.), the staff has started to cast a wider net. In fact, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall handed out two tight end offers in one day Feb. 12, first to Southington’s (Conn.) Jay Rose and then to Carmel Catholic’s (Mundelein, Ill.) Noah Turner.
“It was definitely a big offer,” said the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Turner, who holds offers from the likes of Maryland, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, Miami of Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky. “Coach [Chad] Wilt told me to call him yesterday [Feb. 12], and he said, ‘Congratulations.’ Then I got to talk to the head coach, and that was good.
“Coach [Randy] Edsall was saying how he thinks I’m a good, hard-nosed kid and he’d love to have me. He said they’re recruiting me as an H-back, fullback, hybrid tight end and thinks I can help their offense in a lot of ways. So he just had real good things to say about me, and I appreciated it.”
Turner said he and Wilt have been in touch for a good while now. Wilt has trekked through Carmel a couple times since he was hired, and actually identified Turner as a potential Terps target last year.
“I have a really good relationship with Coach Wilt, because he’s come up to my school and we talk online a lot,” Turner said. “He’s been great; he’s a very cool person to talk to. I hope it continues moving forward.”
As far as Maryland is concerned, Turner only knows what Wilt’s intimated so far. He said he’s in the process of researching the school and scheduling a visit to College Park, Md.
“I mean, Maryland is in one of the power five conferences, which is big. But I don’t know too much about the school yet, other than that,” Turner said. “Obviously it’s a great academic school, which I like, and from a football perspective I know they’re getting a bunch of new facilities. I feel like in a couple years they’re going to be a big team in the Big Ten. So that’s how I see Maryland; it’s definitely an attractive option for me.”
Turner has never been on the East Coast before, but plans to trek to UMD during his spring break, which is the last week in March.
“I’ve never been out there before, so it’ll be exciting,” he said. “It should be a good time.”
Before he hits College Park, though, Turner will take in Indiana March 7, Illinois for an overnight stay March 13 and Northern Illinois March 20. He attended games at Illinois and Indiana last fall, but hasn’t seen any campuses this offseason.
“For me, the recruiting process is just starting. I haven’t taken many visits yet, so I can’t really say I have any standouts or favorites at this point,” Turner said. “I really haven’t narrowed anything down and I don’t have a dream school or anything like that. I’m just open to anything right now.”
That said, Turner did admit he’d love to land a Michigan State offer. He said the Spartans’ staff has been in frequent contact and could be anteing up at some point.
“The top school I’d like to get an offer from is Michigan State. I talk to them on a daily basis. I don’t know if I’ll get that offer next week or next month, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get that one,” Turner said. “And Purdue is going to offer in the next couple weeks too. Those are two for sure I know of.”
Last season, Turner recorded 13 catches for 380 yards and five touchdowns. He was primarily a blocking tight end in Carmel’s triple option, but proved to be a valuable red zone target and deep threat during certain situations.
“My first responsibility was to block, but I also had the ability to get down the seam and catch a pass,” Turner said. “I’m not like a tight end that just splits out and catches passes; I did a lot of in-line blocking. I’m a pretty well-rounded tight end.”
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