Rutgers defensive line coach Shane Burnham made a personal connection Wednesday night that locked in an official visit from Meridian (Miss.) defensive tackle Julius Turner.
Turner committed to Louisiana Tech last summer but the staff changes at Rutgers have him open to another option.
“I’m still committed, we’re still strong with Louisiana Tech but I decided to go check Rutgers out and see how it’s going to be,” Turner said. “I wanted to see another school before everything is done.”
Turner hosted Burnham on an in-home Wednesday visit that sealed the deal for an official visit.
“I knew none of the coaches personally when [they joined Rutgers] but I heard about Chris Ash at Ohio State and he did a great job. Coach Burnham coming to my house, I like those two. I think it’s a good staff.”
Burnham’s Florida ties and personality connected well with the 6-foot-1, 280-pound tackle.
“I like him,” Turner said. “He’s from the south, I’m from the south, there’s something I can relate to. He’s country, so I like him. … He’s an energetic coach. He spent seven years coaching Iowa State. It was pretty impressive.”
Turner cited academics as a focus of his search and draw for Rutgers. He plans to study criminal justice.
“The program, the academics, that’s why I want to visit,” Turner said. “That’s a really smart school. I’m real education-focused, so I like academics. They’re a big conference and I like that.”