Turner impressed by first MSU visit

Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel junior tight end takes in Spartans' game against Nebraska on first trip to East Lansing.

Noah Turner picked a good time for his first visit to Michigan State.

The Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel junior tight end was on campus Saturday for Michigan State’s 27-22 win against Nebraska under the lights at Spartan Stadium.

“It definitely put a great impression on me,” Turner said. “The atmosphere was crazy and being under the lights with all those fans and stuff.

”I just kept thinking I can’t imagine myself playing in that stadium with all those fans packed in. It would just be an unbelievable experience.”

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Turner said he loved everything about the visit, including tours of the facilities, taking part in the walk with the players before the game and the atmosphere for the game.

“I loved everything about it, not only the fact that they have crazy facilities and they win all the time and they had the Rose Bowl last year, but just the coaches and how they interact and how everything came off,” he said. “There is just a solid, well-put-together program.”

Turner spent time focusing on the play of the tight ends at Michigan State and was impressed with the different ways the Spartans tight ends, Josiah Price, Jamal Lyles and Paul Lang.

”(Price) was the starter and he had the ability of blocking and catching and being in the triple option offense, that’s what I can do,” he said. “My first assignment is being able to block. Going out for a route is another feature that I have. That’s what I saw in him. Then they have a receiving tight end (Lyles) and then (Lang) looked like he was mostly the blocking tight end.

”I like how they utilized tight ends.”

Another highlight was meeting coach Brad Salem, who recruits Turner’s area and was his first contact with Michigan State.

”September 1 rolled around and he followed me on Twitter and they sent me a bunch of letters saying Michigan State is interested,” he said. “I got to meet him for the first time and he seemed to love me. He introduced me to all the coaches and a bunch of the tight ends, so that was good.”

Turner holds offers from Indiana and Illinois. He already has paid visits to Illinois for a home game this season. He hopes to take a couple more in the near future.

”In the future, Nebraska probably will be one and NIU maybe,” he said. “It’s all about how the season plays out. I’m really focused on the season right now.”

Turner has 11 catches for 324 yards and four touchdowns so far this season.


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