Visit Cements Turner's Decision

North Carolina hosted its first official visitor of the 2011 class this past weekend – verbal commitment Landon Turner.

"I had a lot of fun this weekend," Turner said. "It was a good visit."

Turner, a 6-foot-5, 311-pound offensive lineman from Harrisonburg (Va.), selected UNC during a press conference in July.

"[This visit] definitely made [my feelings towards UNC] stronger," Turner said. "… It definitely got me more excited about coming down to North Carolina."

Turner, who plans to enroll at UNC in January, has visited Chapel Hill countless times unofficially in the past, including the home opener two weeks ago against Georgia Tech. Thus, there's not much he hasn't seen or experienced.

"It was more of an in-depth explanation of the early enrollment process, getting all my ducks in a row, and what campus was going to be like when I come to the school," Turner said.

Accompanied by his parents, step parents, younger brother, and younger sister, Turner hit the road around midnight following Harrisonburg's 45-19 defeat of Waynesboro (Va.) and arrived in Chapel Hill at 4 a.m. Saturday morning.

James Hurst, a freshman offensive tackle, hosted Turner throughout the weekend.

"[Hurst] is one of the guys I'm closest to," Turner said. "I feel like I'm friends with all of the offensive line – they're a bunch of great guys."

Saturday was spent in Kenan Stadium watching UNC defeat East Carolina, 42-17.

"I loved being at the game," Turner said. "I loved the atmosphere. It was fun to see the guys come together and get a good win like that. I love watching football, in general, and being around football. All the students that I talked to were nice and seeing the stadium filled up was nice to see."

Following the football game, Turner had dinner and then spent time with Hurst and other offensive linemen.

On Sunday, Turner had breakfast, attended church, met with Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, and members of the academic support staff, and then sat in on an offensive line meeting.

"Seeing Coach [Sam] Pittman in action [during the meeting] was nice," Turner said. "He's funny and very to the point."

During the visit, Turner didn't meet individually with either Pittman or Butch Davis. However, he spoke to them several times throughout the weekend, especially during dinner and breakfast.

"[We discussed] how the place is, who we're trying to get now [recruit-wise], and what it's going to be like when I get there," Turner said.

Turner, who won't take any additional official visits, says his commitment to UNC is firm.

"My decision is made and I'm committed to North Carolina and [the NCAA investigation] is not going to change it, because I don't feel the allegations are a big deal," Turner said.

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