Signing Day Capsule: J.T. Turner

Michigan reasserted itself in Ohio last year, inking seven players from the talent rich state. This year that push continued. The Wolverines didn't sign the same quantity of Ohio players, but they definitely secured outstanding quality, headlined by the state's #1 player, Massillon Washington DB J.T. Turner. The five-star prospect has tools that could help the Wolverines immediately.

J.T. Turner
Safety 6-2/190/4.4
Massillon HS (Massillon, OH)
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His Recruiting Story
When Massillon Washington defensive back J.T. Turner began to think more seriously about what college he wanted to attend early his junior season, more and more he began envisioning himself in the Maize & Blue. Then winter came, a coaching change happened, and his rosy feelings about the Blue were fleeting… but only for a moment. Turner 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 he traveled to Ann Arbor in late March.  Upon returning home after observing the Wolverines during a spring practice, he realized he had seen all he needed to see in the recruiting process.

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

"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."
Because of his college destination many questioned whether he'd 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."

Florida and Clemson put that proclamation to the test late in the recruiting process.  Both made strong overtures at the elite talent, but true to his word, Turner shut it down.

"I've always wanted to be a Wolverine," he said matter-factly.  "I'm going to be working out and running track to get ready to be a Wolverine."

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
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. Corner… and Turner could develop into a true impact player there.

"After the Herbstreit Challenge in Ohio we had contemplated moving J.T. Turner up in the rankings, but it didn't happen then," said Midwest Regional Manager Bob Lichtenfels. "Turner has always been known as a versatile athlete, but he showed us in San Antonio that just because he is big, it doesn't mean that he has to be a safety. Turner showed that his hips and closing speed are as good as any cover guy in the country. So we have moved the talented athlete to cornerback and elevated him to five stars.  J.T.  is a stud.  Every coach in the country wants a guy that's six-foot two and can cover."


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