Massillon's Turner Adds Ohio State Offer

Massillon star athlete Justin Turner continued to add to his impressive scholarship list Friday when the Ohio State Buckeyes offered. Turner, who was offered by Pitt and West Virginia in the past two days, will be visiting Ohio State on Sunday. Bill Greene has more on Turner.

Massillon's J.T. Turner has been offered a scholarship by Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Turner was also offered by Pitt and West Virginia in the past 24 hours, to go along with previous offers from Illinois and Michigan.

"This has been a good week," Justin Turner said with a laugh. "I was offered by Ohio State today. I will be going to Ohio State on Sunday for the basketball game. I was also also offered by West Virginia and Pitt. I now have offers from every school I wanted, but Penn State. It feels real good knowing that these schools are interested in me. I might be interested in Alabama, but I kind of want to stay close to home."

Even though Turner is pleased with his offer list, he's not looking to make a decision any time soon.

"I'm going to take my time and be totally sure of my decision," Turner stressed. "Even though I'm going to Ohio State on Sunday, I won't be making a commitment then. I like Ohio State a lot, but I'm not going to name a favorite tonight. I like all these schools that have offered me. Illinois has a great coaching staff and I talk to them almost every week. I talk with Michigan some time, but I only know coach Bruce on that staff. I don't know much about Pitt, but I know they share the indoor facility with the Steelers. I'm going to the Scout.com camp in Pittsburgh at the end of the month and I'll get a chance to see the facility and the campus. West Virginia just started sending me letters recently and I don't really know that staff at all. I'm interested in all the schools that have offered me."

Turner received his Ohio State offer this afternoon and it was a surprise to him.

"I was surprised it happened today," Turner admitted. "I got a message to call Ohio State, so I called Jim Bollman. Coach Bollman told me that Jim Tressel wanted to speak with me. When I called him, he told me they were offering me a scholarship. He said he liked my film and he was happy that I'm doing good in school. Coach Tressel said he would love for me to be a Buckeye. I told him I was very thankful, but that I couldn't accept it right now. He understood and didn't try to pressure me at all. None of the schools have put any pressure on me at all. I want to go to a school where I can play early and contribute right off the bat."

While Justin Turner isn't ready to name a leader, his mother, Tanya, is ready to name her leader.

"I'm totally thrilled that Ohio State offered Justin," she said. "I'm all Buckeye, through and through. I'm not going to make his decision for him, but he knows where I want him to go. I think Ohio boys should go to Ohio State if they are given the opportunity. We know how blessed we are. I'm really excited. He has some great scholarship offers and I really want him to make his own decision. I'm a mom, and I can't help how I feel. I can't explain to you the joy I feel right now."

Justin Turner is one of the top prospects in Ohio and we will continue to follow his recruitment through signing day.


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