Michigan assistant Fred Jackson made his way to his old stomping grounds in Louisiana and stopped by the school that he harvested former defensive end James Hall from in the mid 90's. New Orleans (La) St. Augustine is once again rich with talent this year and the Wolverines are chasing safety Renaldo Thomas and linemen Jonah Austin and Trai Turner. Thus far in the recruiting process Austin and Turner have reciprocated the attention the most.
Earlier this spring Turner in particular discussed his desire to make it up to Ann Arbor for a visit. In subsequent weeks, however, the chances of that actually happening took a bit of a hit.
"(The visit) is going to be kind of hard (to take in the summer) because of funds and timing," Turner explained. "I might not make it until fall. I'm probably going to have to wait until my official (visit). Everybody is equal, but I'm still thinking about Michigan. I just do not know just yet about visits. I'm sitting back and waiting for spring to end and then after spring I'll know where I'll stand."
Sorting through the list suitors is becoming an increasingly difficult task. The 6-4, 330-pounder indicated that his scholarship tally has ballooned to 22, with his most recent offer coming from Stanford. While his talent is largely responsible the recent turn of events, he also credits a good friend with helping him up his profile.
"Mickey Johnson is my boy," Turner said regarding the four-star Covington (LA) defensive tackle. "Me and Mick, we played against each other and he actually made my highlight tape. Mickey is cool. Actually when he did my highlight tape, he had more offers than me. Then he showed the schools my highlight tape and that's the reason why I got more offers. We talk about going to the same school often."
One of the options now on the table for both Bayou State stars is Michigan.
"(Johnson) told me like two nights ago that Michigan offered him," Turner said. "He was happy about it, but he just says like me that everybody equal right now… especially with the spring and everybody coming down and more offers coming in. Everybody is just sitting back and just waiting for everything to settle down and see what they are going to do and who is going to be in their top five."
For Turner, settling on that top group will inevitably come down to visits. That's why he won't waste much time coming up with his travel plan.
"I would say I will have (a trip schedule) close to the beginning of May."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Turner in the coming weeks.