The snowstorm alone was enough to make this weekend memorable for Meridian (Miss.) defensive tackle Julius Turner but the presentations from Rutgers also made their mark.
Turner, a Louisiana Tech verbal commit at 6-foot-1 and 280 pounds, bonded with the Scarlet Knights and head coach Chris Ash during his 48-hour stint on campus.
“Coach Ash is great,” Turner said. “He comes from a winning program, so I see him changing things around, turning things around. His personality is great. He’s straight up. He tells you what it is. I like him. He’s changing things around up there.”
The race to Signing Day for Turner comes down to Rutgers and Louisiana Tech.
“I have to go home and talk to my family before anything,” he said. “I’m still committed to LA Tech. We’re still strong with that. But I’m going home to talk to my family about it and from there I’ll make my decision. … I’m done with visits.”
An intended criminal justice major, academics stand at the forefront of Turner’s final decision.
“My favorite part was hanging out with the players,” Turner said. “It was pretty cool. They’re a cool group. I fit in well with them. I liked seeing the academics. They have a lot of people that are successful there. A lot of ex-football players that were successful after football with really good jobs as soon as they got out of Rutgers.”
Starting defensive tackle Julian Pinnix-Odrick hosted Turner on the official visit.
“He was cool,” Turner said. “He’s really intelligent. He’s a communication major so he talks really well and taught me a lot. I liked hanging out with him.”