J.T. Turner Says Michigan has a Slight Lead

Massillon star athlete J.T. Turner is one of the top prospects in the class of 2009. Turner is receiving a lot of attention from Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan. Bill Greene has the latest on Turner.

J.T. Turner just completed a very successful junior season at Massillon. Although the Tigers did not live up to expectations, Turner is drawing a lot of attention from most of the top programs in the Big-10.

"I think I had a pretty good year personally," Turner stated. "I played physical and made some big plays throughout the year. My coaches told me I had a very good year overall. Our team didn't do as well as we had hoped, but we will be better next year. I should get a lot of opportunities to run the football next year. With two senior runningbacks here this year, there weren't many chances for me to get the football offensively. I tried to do what my coaches wanted from me on defense and think I did really well at defensive back. Most colleges are recruiting me as a defensive back."

Turner has scholarship offers from Toledo and Ball State, and is hearing from most of the top schools in the Big-10.

"I'm hearing the most from Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois," he said. "I was at the Michigan-Ohio State game and that was good. I got to talk with [assistant coach] Scott Loeffler a lot and we get along well. He is supposed to come and see me at the school in the next week or so. The entire visit went real good. Coach [Lloyd] Carr resigning has no effect on me at all. I still look at Michigan the same as I always have.I went to the Michigan camp last summer and really liked it. Coach Loeffler said they are recruiting me as an athlete and he said I could end up on either side of the ball with them. He said I could expect an offer in February after signing day.'

"I also like Illinois a lot," he continued. "Coach [Eric] Wolford is recruiting me and he's a real good guy. Antonio James and Brian Gamble are from Massillon, and they're both playing there. Those two are friends of mine and it would be cool to play with them again. Illinois has a great coaching staff and that's a program on the rise. They are an option for me and I need to get up there for a visit.'

"I was at two games at Ohio State this year," Turner explained. "I really liked it there. They have a great coaching staff and I think a lot of Jim Tressel. They said they will be offering me in February, so I just have to see how it goes with them. They're very high on my list for sure. They are recruiting me as a defensive back."

Turner does have a list of favorites, and named one school as his leader at this time. He expects several more offers in February of 2008.

"My favorite list would be Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, North Carolina State and West Virginia," Turner exclaimed. "They would be in that order, too. Michigan is my leader right now, but it is just a small lead over Ohio State. I know there's a long way to go in this, so I'm not really worried about it right now."

J.T. Turner, 6' 2" and 205 pounds, has been timed at 4.55 in the forty yard dash. These measurables make him a highly sought after recruit. Turner will attend the Junior All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas in January. Turner is a player we will track very closely in 2008.


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