The Time was Right for J.T. Turner

Friday evening Massillon (OH) Washington defensive back J.T. Turner officially became commit #2 in Michigan's 2009 recruiting class, joining Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle William Campbell. For Turner it was always just a matter of time before he made the call for the Blue.

When Massillon Washington defensive back J.T. Turner began to think more seriously about what college he wanted to attend last season, more and more he began envisioning himself in the Maize & Blue. Earlier this winter that feeling was fleeting, but only for a moment. He briefly entertained the thought of Ohio State as his favorite, and then things changed once more. The pendulum quickly swung back to Michigan’s side after Rich Rodriguez offered him a scholarship on February 25th.

Turner’s recruiting picture cleared up ever more when earlier this week he traveled to Ann Arbor for the second time in the month of March,

“I wanted to (commit) on Tuesday,” Turner admitted. “My dad and mom weren't there so I decided not to. I went ahead and committed today. I think it was just time. I think that's where I'll make the perfect fit at."

Observing the Wolverines in a practice setting cemented Michigan as Turner’s destination. The news of his commit on the heels of seeing practice doesn’t jibe with news reports this week suggesting that Rodriguez’s spring sessions radiated a non-family like atmosphere. Turner’s news seemed to be a breath of fresh air to the staff in Ann Arbor.

“I told my DB coach, Coach Gibson first,” Turner recalled. “He was real happy. He said I made sure that he was going to have a good weekend this weekend.”

At 6-3, nearly 200 lbs., and capable of running the forty yard dash in 4.4 seconds, Turner could potentially play all of the defensive back positions. At this point, though, the Wolverines seem to have one in particular in mind.

“They told me that since they've got three or four seniors now, and Donovan Warren is probably going to be a three-and-out…that corner spot is just going to be wide open,” he said.

Now that he has determined his college destination, the only question is will he still leave open the possibility of visiting other schools.

“I'm shutting it down,” said Turner. “I'm not taking any other visits. I was supposed to go to Ohio State today, but that got cancelled.”


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