Visit Not Necessary

Ben Turk knew a couple days ago where he wanted to go to college. On Wednesday, the punter from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., made it official.

At around 8 p.m., Ben Turk called Notre Dame assistant coach Bernie Parmalee, to verbally commit to the Irish. He picked up his scholarship offer earlier in the month.

"I was just thinking, it really doesn't get much better than Notre Dame, football wise and academic wise," Turk said. "I don't know what else you'd be waiting for."

Turk had a scholarship offer from Cincinnati, and was also hearing from Alabama. He spoke with Parmalee for a few minutes.

"He seemed excited, happy," Turk said. He averaged 41 yards per punt, with a long of 58 yards for St. Thomas Aquinas High. "The whole coaching staff is excited for me to go to the school there, and have it over with already."

The nephew of NFL punter Matt Turk, Ben plans on seeing his future home away from home for the first time this summer.

"Kind of, but I mean it doesn't really bother me," Turk said when asked if it's weird to him that he committed to a program without ever visiting the campus. "I've heard about the school, I've heard good things. I don't really need to see it."

Guaranteed he's already heard, but Turk hasn't had a chance to tell Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis about his decision. He is currently out of town.

"Coach Parmalee is going to email me on when to call coach Weis," Turk said. "I still need to talk to him."

During the recruiting evaluation period, a member of the Irish staff went by the high school to watch Turk punt. The offer came a little later, catching the standout off guard. However, the family quickly put Notre Dame at the top of its list.

It was only a matter of time until Turk made his verbal commitment.

"They are all real happy for me," Turk said of his family. "They are excited for me because they wanted me to go to the school."

Turk plays at the same high school as current Notre Dame offensive linemen Sam Young and Dan Wenger did.

"I know Sam Young pretty good," Turk said. "Not really much with Wenger."

That will soon change.


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