Turner Spends Visit Enjoying, Recruiting

Indianapolis Cathedral safety and Notre Dame commit John Turner made his official visit to South Bend, Ind., over the weekend, and he told IrishEyes.com about the great time he had. But there was a part of the trip that was business, and he spoke to several recruits about joining him at Notre Dame.

John Turner used his weekend official visit to Notre Dame to enjoy all that comes from being wined and dined for 48 hours, but there was an aspect of it spent on business.

From his role when he arrives next season to recruiting prospects, the Indianapolis Cathedral High defensive back and Notre Dame commit had a busy weekend.

He was hosted by freshman safety Eilar Hardy, and spent plenty of time speaking with uncommitted prospects Ronnie Stanley, a four-star offensive tackle who is announcing his decision today, and linebacker Schyler Miles, who is awaiting a Notre Dame offer.

"During the visit I talked to Schyler Miles and Ronnie Stanley a lot," Turner said. "I hung out with them on Friday night and Saturday night and talked to them a lot. I tried to sell it to them. I like to pitch education to them. You're only going to play football for so long, so you should have something to fall back on. At Notre Dame, the education speaks for itself.

"That's what I tried to preach to them a little bit. I wasn't trying to push them over the edge and trying to straight recruit them because then they might be a little turned off. I let them have fun and let them make their own decisions because it's their own life."

During meetings with the coaching staff, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Turner also learned the plan was for him to play as a freshman.

"They want to bring me in and use me on special teams my freshman year," he said. "After that, they said I would be able to come in and compete for playing time on the field. They just want me to play safety. I just want to play, so it doesn't matter (free or strong) safety."

The trip to South Bend, Ind., enabled Turner to see a new part of the area, and enjoy the usual dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

"Friday was the awards banquet, and a little dinner," Turner said. "Then we went out with our host. Saturday, we had academic meetings (and presentations). We went to Ruth's Chris and then the basketball game, and then we hung out with our hosts.

"It was nice going out and seeing the town. The Ruth's Chris was over there, and it was nice because I've never been to that side of town. I didn't know they had the big ‘ol Target. I didn't know that, so that was nice."

There was one other thing that stood out to Turner during his visit.

"Just how much the current players love it there already and how much fun they are having there," Turner said.

Turner is coming off a senior season in which he made 55 tackles, broke up seven passes and recovered two fumbles.

He helped Cathedral overcome an 0-2 start to the win the 4A state title, and now will focus on training to prepare for a new endeavor.

"I'm running track for the first time this year," Turner said. "I was recruited by a lot of the guys from my school to run. They thought I would be good at it."

Turner is going to run the 200 and 400 meters.

He was visited by Irish coach Brian Kelly and assistant Mike Elston on Wednesday.

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