Turner Keeps Maryland on List

Landon Turner loves Maryland's coaching staff, but the Terps have ground to make up in other areas if they hope to land the 2011 offensive tackle.

Harrisonburg HS (Va.) standout Landon Turner is the focus of a major recruiting battle; one that has left Maryland with sufficient ground to make up in landing the offensive tackle's services.

Virginia Tech, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio State, and Georgia. Those are my main schools right now,” said Turner, Scout.com's 13th-ranked offensive tackle. “Maryland would stand outside those top five right now.”

However, Maryland has impressed Turner, who has not removed the Terps from consideration.

“I love their coaching staff. They're close to home. It's a beautiful campus. And they're adding on to their stadium,” said Turner about Maryland.

The Scout.com 4-star lineman visited Maryland for their November 14th game against Virginia Tech.

“It was kind of bad weather, and it didn't turn out the best for Maryland's side,” said Turner of the Terps' 36-9 loss to the Hokies. “But they were very hospitable, and … they're just wonderful people.”

Turner has had the opportunity to talk to many members of the Maryland coaching staff, including Offensive Line Coach Tom Brattan and Head Coach Ralph Friedgen.

“I love the coaches. They have a solid coaching staff,” he said. “They work hard, and they're some of the nicest guys you'll meet on planet Earth.”

Turner said the coaches liked his “aggressiveness” on the football field. He also enjoys that part of his game.

“I love to hit people,” he said. “That's pretty much why I love the game of football. I like being physical and just getting in people's faces.”

The 6-foot-5-inch, 305-pound lineman got the chance to impose his physicality on the gridiron as a junior for Harrisonburg after suffering a broken ankle to end his sophomore season.

“It went really well. I didn't hurt my ankle this year, so that's obviously a good thing,” Turner said of his 2009 season.

“Each week I got a little better. The first game: not my best game ever, but it was a learning experience. From then on, I just got my game back and actually, I think I did better than I ever have before.”

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