After he said Wisconsin extending a scholarship offer to him in mid-May was a “game-changing” experience for his recruitment, Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage cornerback Joshua Turner saw the interest from schools start to pick up.
Appalachian State, Boston College, Purdue and UCF all followed with scholarship offers, and Turner said countless others have started to reach out to him.
But the Badgers giving him his first power five offer is still something that means a lot to him.
“Wisconsin is probably the biggest school that has offered me at this point in time,” Turner told BadgerNation.
The 6-0, 175-pound cornerback said following the Wisconsin offer that the Badgers will be a tough school to beat. He’ll find out more about the program when he visits the campus on Tuesday, not to mention getting a chance to further develop his relationship with the defensive coaching staff.
“I’ve been talking to them a lot the past couple weeks,” Turner said. “I’ve been talking to Coach Leonhard and Coach Breckterfield a lot more, especially getting closer to the visit. The relationship has definitely been getting better. I like their coaching staff a lot. A lot of things Coach Leonhard has said to me has rubbed off on me the right way. I’m excited to get up there to see everything in person and see how I like everything.”
In addition to visiting Wisconsin, Turner will be visiting Boston College Sunday and plans to stop at Iowa. He also plans to take a closer look at Army.
“All those schools are pretty much in the same boat right now,” Turner said. “Once I take the visits, it’ll be more clear to me.”
Even though he hopes to make a commitment before the end of the summer, Turner said he has a desire to take all five of his official visits, calling it an “once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Depending on what he sees over the next week, Turner said a commitment this month isn’t out of the question if he finds the right fit.
“Part of (what I’m looking for) is the campus, seeing how I like the area,” Turner said. “Getting a chance to meet the players and see what kind of players they have, seeing if it’s a group of guys that I can relate to and be with four years. Talking with the coaches and getting a feel for them, seeing how they work, what their system is and how I fit in their defensive system. I’m really excited to get the chance to sit down with them to see what they do on defense.
“I’ve done my research, but at the same time I want to see where I really want to be, where I can fit the best and what’s the best fit for me.”