Spots are running low for the University of Wisconsin in the 2017 recruiting class, allowing the Badgers to be selective with who they target between now and February’s national signing day. When evaluating their few remaining options, the Badgers feel that Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Joshua Turner is someone they need.
Able to send out official scholarship offers to high school seniors on August 1, Wisconsin made sure Turner know he’s still wanted as much now as when he was first offered in May.
“It was a great feeling,” Turner told BadgerNation. “Wisconsin and Iowa are my top schools as of now and I know for a fact I will be taking official visits to both schools. I loved what Wisconsin did with their scholarship letters, by making them look like tickets. I thought it was really neat. The staff called me and congratulated me individually and it felt great.”
A couple things that Turner looks for on his visits and when evaluating school is early playing time and good academics. He said he sees both of those opportunities at Wisconsin when he took an unofficial visit in June.
“When I visited I got a real sense of how life works there,” Turner said. “A lot different than Florida, a lot less busy and people really care about others there. I see a chance at Wisconsin for me to play early, get an awesome degree and grow as a person. I feel it can set me up for life and will help me eventually provide for my family."
Turner currently has a top six of Army, Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, USF and Wisconsin.
Outside of visits and recruiting related obligations, Turner has been focused on improving his game. A self-described gym rat, he’s spent the summer focused on the X’s and O’s, one thing that college coaches love about him.
"This offseason if all about enjoying the recruiting process, but mainly focus on improving,” Turner said. “My school has a lot of talent and we want to beat some of the top dogs like St. Thomas Aquinas and IMG Academy. I've been working with my trainers and I'm ready to show Florida what I've got."