Trip Report - John Turner

John Turner is a 6-4.5, 275-pound offensive lineman from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif., and Loyola has been a recent hotbed for OL talent heading to Washington. Four years ago it was Colin Tanigawa, and last year it was Coleman Shelton. The latest Loyola Cub to call Montlake his future home is Turner, and he took his official visit to UW this past weekend.

Turner is one of the few UW commits to have been offered first by Steve Sarkisian's staff, and then again by Chris Petersen's new staff, despite the fact that Petersen did not look at Turner when he was at Boise State.

"At first it was a little strange, but in the end I actually fell in love with this staff and I'm very, very, very excited to go up there and can't wait to start playing," Turner said of the transition from getting recruited by Sarkisian to Washington, to eventually playing for Petersen.

Washington was Turner's second official visit. The first one was to Colorado. "You get to eat a lot of food on both visits," he said with a laugh when asked to spell out the similarities and differences between official visits to both schools. "They are sort of the same - you get to hear about the academics and you hear about the football and you get to see the weight room and all that stuff. Colorado is great, take nothing away from Colorado. I think they are going to be great, up and coming. They obviously have a great coach in coach Mac (Mike MacIntyre).

"I just feel like coach Petersen is going to go down in history as one of the greatest coaches to ever coach in college football, and that got me excited. I can't wait to tell people when I'm older that I played for coach Petersen. That will be really cool for me.

"And to me, Washington didn't tell me it was going to be easy. They told me this is not easy; this is hard…but the payoff is well worth it. I really, really liked that. They were honest with me. That's not to say Colorado wasn't, but that meant a lot to me personally."

What was it about Petersen's approach that hooked Turner? "How coach Petersen is more concerned with developing the whole person instead…winning football games is important but you don't have football for the rest of your life, and coach Petersen makes that known to the recruits," Turner said. "He's dedicated with the program he has to develop a young man into a true and real man - that caught my eye. I can't wait to get that started."

Shelton was Turner's player-host for this past weekend's official visit to Washington. "I actually played with him two years ago when I was a junior," Turner said. "I went up there for the Apple Cup so I met some of the players then on an unofficial visit. I feel I get along with all the players. They are just a cool group of guys and they are very welcoming. They really care about you. It's awesome. I liked the recruits a lot, they were cool. They were a good group of guys. Washington is just going to keep going up and up and up and hopefully they'll get a national championship here in the next couple years."

Knowing he was going to sign with the Huskies, did Turner go from recruited to recruiter while on his official visit? "That's not really who I am," he said, matter-of-factly. "I just like to get the job done. If they don't want to go there, they don't want to go there. I'm not going to try and change their mind. I would tell them that this school has this and Washington has this and it's better than another school - that kind of stuff. I wasn't in their ear all the time. It's their decision and up to them as to what they want to think. It's not my business, it's their business - so I just stay out of it. I'm just excited to get up there and play. I was just taking all the stuff in."

The UW coaches have not talked to Turner about a preferred position, and he doesn't sound too bothered by it. "I'm blessed to have the opportunity to play college football, and wherever I can get on the field - whether that's at center, at guard, tackle, wherever - I'll be as happy as can be," he said. "I'll just be happy to be playing in front of 75,000 people."

So what's signing day going to be like for Turner? "There's a little something in the morning at school," he said. "That's my plan. My parents are going to be there. I think we have six guys signing."

Turner added that he's expecting to fax in his UW letter of intent at 7:30 Wednesday morning.

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