Turner's Tour Stops at UNC

As part of his college game tour, junior Landon Turner traveled to Chapel Hill for the North Carolina-Duke game a couple weeks ago.

"Before the season started, I got the schedule for all the schools I was interested in and mapped it out," Turner said. "… So I had been planning on coming to this game for a while.

"I was just trying to get a feel for [UNC]. It didn't really matter who they were playing. I just wanted to see the stadium [and] see what the game day crowd was like. Duke's a big rival for them, so I thought it would be a good game to go to."

Turner, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle in the Class of 2011 from Harrisonburg (Va.), has also attended games at Georgia, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. This past Saturday he went to College Park for the Maryland-Virginia Tech contest.

Through his travels, Turner, whose father played linebacker at West Virginia, has begun to get a good sense for his recruitment.

"I really like Virginia Tech, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Ohio State, and Maryland," Turner said. "I'm not too high on Virginia, right now. I still have to check out Michigan State and Penn State."

Turner considers Georgia, Maryland, UNC, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia his favorites.

"I liked the location – I want to be around this area, although Ohio State and Georgia are little far," Turner said of his favorites. "But obviously they all have good football. And they're all good academic schools."

Of his favorites, Maryland, UNC, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia have extended Turner a scholarship offer. He has also collected scholarship offers from Stanford and Virginia.

Turner, who had visited UNC in the spring, got a better feel for the game day atmosphere of Kenan Stadium.

"The ‘Tar Pit' was a really big draw for me – I really enjoyed that," Turner said. "They had a big crowd... I really liked that their stadium was big. They have brand new facilities that are centrally located. By the time I get there, [Kenan Stadium] will have extra seats."

Before the game, Turner toured the football building. During his spring visit to UNC, Turner received a campus tour, but it didn't – and couldn't – include the football building, which was being renovated.

"I love the campus – it's very beautiful," Turner said. "And I love everything that they're adding and building."

A great deal of Turner's stay was spent with Charlie Williams, his primary recruiter.

Turner was disappointed that he wasn't able to speak to Butch Davis. However, he did speak at length with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"He just talked about how much he wants me to come there," Turner said. "He talked about the guys he [has verbal commitments from] like T.J. Leifheit."

UNC, like most schools, is projecting Turner as an offensive tackle on the collegiate level. He starts at both left tackle and defensive tackle for Harrisonburg.

Turner has started at left tackle since his freshman year. However, he missed almost his entire sophomore season when he broke his ankle in the first quarter of the season opener.

"I couldn't get back in time," Turner said. "… I worked hard in rehab, but I just couldn't get back in time."

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