UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: TE Noah Turner

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Caught 13 passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns as a junior at Carmel Catholic • PrepStar All-Midwest Region • Had his senior season cut short due to a foot injury


RECRUITMENT: Looking to get as much bang for his buck, Turner added UNC into an already scheduled road trip to tour Maryland and NC State. Fortuitously, the inclusion resulted in Larry Fedora offering Turner. Just as consequential, the visit elevated the Tar Heels to the top of Turner’s list. On the eve of the Fourth of July, Turner committed.

WHY CAROLINA: “As the recruiting process went on, I knew it was the school that I wanted to go to. I kind of wanted to see if anything else would pop up. They were always leading and I felt like I needed pull the trigger. And I’m really excited about it. “I was ready to be a Tar Heel and I knew that was the place. I just didn’t want to wait any longer. I just wanted to be a Tar Heel as soon as possible.”

EVALUATION: An H-back prospect, Turner excels as a blocker – whether detached or out in space. Possessing a powerful, compact build, he is an experienced, competitive blocker who drives his legs and works to finish. He won’t be a high volume receiver or someone that consistently racks up the YACs, but he’s dependable underneath – likely as a dump off outlet.

HS COACH QUOTES: “North Carolina is getting a kid who, strength-wise, is very body conscious about being in incredible shape. For a big guy, he has very soft hands almost like a catcher. One of his best attributes, because we’re a running offense, is his blocking. He’s a great blocker. He can block from the tight end position, he can block from the H-back position, he can block from the fullback position. You’re not going to see great breakaway speed, but you’re going to see good body position because he’s a great athlete and is a good basketball player as well. He’s willing to do whatever the coaches ask him to do. In the playoffs he hurt his ankle pretty bad. The game was still on the line and I was going to pull him out. He just looked at me and said, ‘We’re going to win this game and I’m going to gut it out.’ He’s got, I call it internal combustion. He’s going to win, despite some odds.” — Andy Bitto, Carmel Catholic HS    

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: The UNC staff came upon Turner while reviewing nationwide film of potential tight end prospects last spring … Read the full subscriber-only report

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