Practice Tour: Landon Turner

HARRISONBURG, Va. --- Since announcing his verbal commitment to North Carolina a month ago, Landon Turner has been enjoying the tranquility of a concluded recruiting process.

"It's been sublime – I've loved it," Turner said. "My whole thing was to focus on being 17 [years old] and having my last real relaxing summer before I go into school and football starts."

Originally, Turner, a 6-foot-5, 311-pound offensive lineman, had planned to take all five of his official visits and then decide.

"I just felt like Carolina was the right place and I didn't see any reason to put it off," Turner said. "The bonus is: I get to relax and enjoy my senior year."

Harrisonburg went 10-2 last season as the offensive line, which averaged 285 pounds, paved the way for tailback Michael Holmes to rush for 2,749 yards and 41 touchdowns on 246 carries. Holmes and obviously Turner, who starts at left tackle, are the only pieces of that dominating rushing attack that return this season.

"We're not going to be nearly as large as we were [last year]," Turner said. "… This year, we have smaller guys, but a lot of them are agile and quick guys. We had the same thing my freshman year and we went 10-3."

Defensively, it doesn't get any better for Harrisonburg. The Blue Streaks lost their entire starting front seven to graduation. Thus, Turner, who was a key reserve, will likely have to start most games at either nose guard or tackle in Harrisonburg's ‘50' defense.

"We try to two-platoon and keep our kids as fresh as we can," Sarver said. "This year, we might have to depend on [Turner] a little more [than previous seasons]."

Turner will graduate from Harrisonburg in December and then enroll at UNC in the spring semester. Thus, he has already scheduled his UNC official visit for the weekend of Oct. 2 when the Tar Heels host East Carolina.

Turner also plans to be in Kenan Stadium for the Georgia Tech game. He'll be making that trip with both his father and stepfather.

As for the remainder of the season, Turner figures to attend several games throughout the region – but not for recruiting purposes.

"My recruiting process is completely done," Turner said. "I have a lot of friends that play on different football teams and I want to visit them and see them play before I potentially play against them or just am not able to (see them)."

Turner says everything is on track for his early graduation.

"I got my schedule yesterday," Turner said. "I've got all the classes I need."

Turner will begin his UNC career at guard, because of personnel need. However, he hopes to return to his high school position at some point.

"I'd like to move to left tackle – that's my position," Turner said. "Really my goal is just to be what I can be for the team. Wherever Coach [Sam] Pittman needs me, I want to be able to slide in and play any position on the line."

Pittman, Turner's primary recruiter and UNC offensive line coach, has kept the recruiting communication creative and entertaining.

"[His letters] are all great – they're classic," Turner said. "He draws little cartoons and stuff. He's a character."

Turner has had several conversations with UNC freshman offensive tackle James Hurst.

"We don't talk about recruiting any more, because there's no need," Turner said. "It's just how everything is going – just catching up. I asked James how camp was going. He said they're all excited, but it's tiring. But I can imagine camp can be a little cumbersome at times."

Additionally, Turner has been communicating with several fellow UNC verbal commitments, namely Kiaro Holts, Travis Riley, Daquan Romero, and Tim Scott.

"I started a Facebook group for us," Turner said. "I talk to those guys. We're not best friends yet, but I know we will be and I just started to lay the foundation for those relationships."

Turner doesn't plan on recruiting any uncommitted recruits.

"It's their decision just like mine is mine," Turner said. "I'll tell them why I chose Carolina, but other than that I don't really feel the need to go call them and hound them." Landon Turner Profile

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