14 in 14: John Turner

IrishEyes.com continues its "14 in 14" series, which profiles each of the freshmen enrolling this month at Notre Dame. It is running for 14 successive days, and it continues with Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, IN) safety John Turner.

John Turner is nervous but ready to begin the newest chapter to his life when he leaves the comforts of home for college life as a student-athlete at Notre Dame.

"Life has been great," said Turner. "I've just been working out and putting the finishing touches on the work needed to graduate. Right now I'm just living life daily and not staying too busy."

Turner has found life to be a little different now that the recruiting process is behind him and people know where he's headed

"Yes it has," said Turner. "A lot of people have taken notice that I signed with Notre Dame, but life has not changed too much."

In April, Turner and other members of the class connected during Notre Dame's annual Blue Gold Game.

"Everybody is getting along really well," said Turner. "Going up during the spring game was great as I was able to meet other recruits like C.J. (Prosise) that I had never seen before. "I can already see the Class of 2013 working it with their 'Irish Mob' and it seems to be working, as they just picked up a couple of great recruits like Jaylon Smith and Isaac Rochell. Those guys are going to really help us in the future."

One thing Turner knows will happen when he arrives to campus is he'll have a roommate who's also his teammate.

"Nick Baratti is going to be my roommate," said Turner. "We've been talking and I know he's a good guy and pretty much an athlete. He did about everything for his high school on the field. He's a team player and will do whatever it takes to win."

With the days counting down, Turner knows his family may have some sadness to go along with his nervousness.

"I will be leaving Sunday and I'm a little nervous," said Turner. "This is going to be something different, so I'm just trying to enjoy these final days with my family and friends.

"I think for my family its a little bittersweet. They've raised me since I was a little kid and now I'm leaving them and going off to college. I think they are a little sad, but still happy that I'm starting a new chapter in my life."

One of the biggest changes since signing his letter of intent has come from the new workout received from Irish strength coach Paul Longo.

"The workout is different from what I did in high school," said Turner. "But it's what they do there so I'm just getting use to it."


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