Noah Turner experienced a little bit of everything last week during the Irish Invasion.
Before on-field workouts started the Class of 2016 tight end from Carmel Catholic High School Mundelein, Ill., took part in a well-orchestrated unofficial visit. Notre Dame coaches and staff emphasized everything the University and football program have to offer.
“Basically it was a junior day,” Turner said. “You get everything — academics, tour of the campus. You got the player panel where you talk to all the players. They give you a brief summary. With it being Notre Dame, they didn’t talk too much about the academics. We all know their school and their business and all that are right at the top.”
Turner then hit the field with several other targets in hopes of snagging a scholarship offer.
Notre Dame tight ends coach Scott Booker and associate head coach Mike Denborck, who recruits the Chicagoland area, both gave Turner positive feedback. Now he’s waiting to hear back from the staff.
“I think I performed really well,” Turner said. “I’m not going to say better than I expected but I think I shocked the staff a little bit. I know I shocked coach Booker. Coach Denbrock said he’s going to give me a call in the next couple days and see how a couple things play out and all that stuff. I’m just waiting for that call and should be in contact with him soon.”
“They are taking one tight end in this class,” Turner said. “From what I’ve heard, they’re waiting on a couple other guys to see if they’re going to do anything. That’ll maybe lead to offering me. I can’t really tell yet. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Turner plans to press forward with the recruiting process, whether Notre Dame offers or not.
North Carolina remains the leader. Turner said Maryland, Illinois and Indiana are the programs giving closest chase. He’ll return to Chapel Hill on July 24 with his mother.
“My dad was down there last time with me and this time I’m bringing my mom,” Turner said. “I’m kinda excited to show her everything and have her meet the coaches. I know my dad loves them all. I also kind of want to see coach (Seth) Littrell in coaching form. I’ve seen him before but it’ll be another view of him coaching kids. That’s what I really wanna see.”
Seeing his leader again could get 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect thinking about a verbal commitment.
“It possibly could be because that is around the time I want to commit,” Turner said. “Right around the end of summer, maybe early August. But that’s not clarified until I’ve got everything figured out.”