One program in particular caught Noah Turner’s attention this spring.
Earlier this month Notre Dame associate head coach Mike Denbrock made the trek to Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill., for a look at the three-star tight end. Turner has yet to collect an Irish offer, but the visit left an impression.
“Definitely the one that I’m interested in and that’s interested in me is Notre Dame,” Turner said. “Coach Denbrock came in a couple weeks ago. I’ve kinda been talking to them and the tight ends coach, coach (Scott) Booker. They really want to see me in camp. From what I understand if things go good and I do what I do at the camp they’ll most likely offer me. But that’s nothing official right now.”
Turner plans to attend the Irish Invasion camp next month.
Notre Dame has a reputation that precedes itself as a regional power.
“They produce tight ends there,” Turner said. “It’s two or three hours away from where I live and an academic school. You can’t go wrong going there. They’re gonna be good, gonna be on national TV. It’s the whole package there and it’s a school I’ve always had interest in. That’s really what I like about them.”
Aside from Irish Invasion, Turner has another major camp stop on the schedule. He’ll participate at Sound Mind, Sound Body in suburban Detroit as several regional coaching staffs are expected to be in attendance evaluating talent.
Turner hopes strong camp performances can offset limited film.
“I think what holds a lot of colleges back is my film doesn’t show enough of what I can do,” Turner said. “Being in the triple option offense, I don’t really get utilized the way I should. I think that’s what holds some colleges back. They want to see you catch and run. The minute they see me do that they’ll most likely offer me.”
Once the 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect gets through June the plan is to narrow things down with a potential commitment coming down in August or September.
Turner lists North Carolina as a slight leader after visiting earlier this spring.
“It’s different,” Turner said. “I kinda wanna go somewhere different. I don’t just want to be another Midwest kid going to a Big Ten school. There’s nothing wrong with that and there’s a lot of Big Ten schools I wouldn’t turn down but going out east and playing at North Carolina, you don’t hear that much around here. It’s a different school and I just loved everything about it.”