J.T. Turner Profile
“It was fun meeting the new coaches,” Turner said reflecting on his time in Ann Arbor last week. “Coach Rodriguez is a cool dude. I was getting to know my DB coach, Coach Gibson, I saw the new stadium (upgrades) they’re about to get, and I saw the locker room. It was nice.”
The visit was the first of many in the coming weeks for this in-demand youngster. He has seen his recruitment intensify in recent weeks thanks his combination of excellent size and athleticism at defensive back. It is also a testament to the rapid improvement he showed on the defensive side of the ball last year.
“I really didn’t get to play the position that I wanted to,” Turner explained. “I was transferred to DB. I wanted to play running back, but we had Devoe Torrence come in and they moved me to corner. I just got use to it. Ever since then I’ve been getting recruited as a DB. Now that I’ve gotten use to the defensive side of the ball, I like it a lot. When you watch me, you’re going to see physical play and you’re going to see aggressiveness. You’re just going to see a fun dude that’s out there playing to win. DB is where I want to play in college.”
“I’m not really trying to go to a place where I’ll get redshirted,” he continued. “I’m trying to play right away. I’m going to try to make practices at Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, and I’m going to try West Virginia. I’m going to try to make my decision before the season starts.”
While he goes through the weeding out process over the next few months, Turner will likely bounce some of his thoughts off a gentleman very familiar to Michigan fans. One of his mentors just happens to be former Wolverine standout Shawn Crable.
“Me and Shawn have been friends since I was in the sixth grade,” said Turner. “We used to go to the Boys & Girls Club and play basketball there when he was in high school. Then he went to Michigan and I’ve always looked up to him. He said just take my time (with recruiting) and make the right decision. He said to make the one that is best for me and my family.”
Turner made his way to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit last fall and proclaimed Michigan his leader shortly thereafter. He backed off of that in the aftermath of the new coaching staff taking over. But that didn’t last long. Last month the Wolverines stepped forth with his first major offer, and that resonates with him to this day.
“It registers a lot,” admitted Turner. “I’ve always liked Michigan and they just came along and gave me my first offer. It was just crazy. It came out of nowhere! I hadn’t heard anything from the coaches. I wasn’t talking to them, or nothing. Then I just looked around one day and there was a Michigan offer.”
“Michigan is still at the top,” he continued. “I still like them a lot. Ohio State is up there, and Illinois is sticking out right now too.”