Malik Turner fights for Northwestern offer

Three-star prospect Malik Turner of Sacred Heart Griffin (Ill.) made an impression at Northwestern camp on Monday. Could an offer be on the way?

In the small camp setting at Trienens Hall on Monday, Malik Turner had the forum to prove his worth.

The three-star wide receiver of Sacred Heart Griffin (Ill.) participated in defensive drills at Northwestern camp, ostensibly so the coaching staff could judge whether he was worthy of an offer. At the very least, he fought a close battle.

"The coach had me do some defense after a couple of reps at wide receiver," Turner said. "It's new to me, but I'm not going to tell them ‘no.'"

Turner showed off his burst, speed and energy in front of the coaching staff. Of the "close" targets remaining on the team's recruiting board, he might be among the nearest to the fringe. Turner already holds an offer from Illinois.

The Nathan Hall commitment on Monday night only added to the complications; the team needs three more commits and there's some pressure out of sheer numbers. This coaching staff must lose sleep over strategizing. Maybe last year, Turner wins the offer. This year, who knows?

Most impressive of Turner's play, though, was him quickly adapting to defensive drills. Despite facing one of the camp's surprise top players in Cretin-Durham (Minn.) wideout Blake Banham, he demonstrated sound mechanics.

The deceptively quick Banham beat him once or twice downfield, but Turner still displayed that signature athleticism. He left appreciative of the overall process.

"I was a little rusty. This is only my second competition of the summer," Turner said. "I was learning some things with Coach Springer. Everything was very organized and we got a lot of reps in."

As for overall impressions, Turner's performance was difficult to judge. Though he was the near-undisputed best player at the camp, it may or may not be enough to seal an offer. We left him waiting, as so many good prospects have been. It's not the NU program of old.

"I'll find out shortly. They're about to come out and talk to us."

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