Michael Turner Commits

The Badgers landed another prize recruit from the state of Texas Monday morning, running back Michael Turner from Fort Worth Dunbar.

Michael Turner informed Fort Worth Dunbar Coach Bob Jones Monday morning he will become the second Dunbar player to become a Badger this year. His teammate, wide receiver Ernest Mason, committed to Wisconsin a couple of months ago.

"He was just giddy," Jones said. "I think Coach (Jeff) Horton has done a great job recruiting these kids, and because I played for Coach (Barry) Alvarez, they kind of see a similarity between he and I. They like to say that Coach Alvarez coaches like I do, and I like to say that I coach like Coach Alvarez does. It's all perspective, and they are attracted to that, the Badgers have a great following, a great tradition and they want to be a part of that."

Jones said Colorado showed late interest in Turner, but his mind was already made up. If Turner's test scores were higher, there would have been a lot more interest for the 5-11, 190-pound tailback who was named first-team All-State Running Back by the Associated Press.

Jones said the only difference between Turner's grades and his other top recruits (including UNC's Charleston Gray) was the fact Turner didn't get into a SAT preparation course until later in the process. He is now on track to qualify, and Jones said there is no doubt he will do so because of his outstanding work ethic.

He had a feeling Turner would choose Wisconsin this weekend.

"I knew as soon as he went up (to Madison), it was probably going to be over, even though other schools were coming after him hot-and-heavy," Jones said. "My only concern was it was minus-1 (degrees) when he was up there."

Look for more on Turner and Ernest Mason in the upcoming Badger Recruiting Yearbook, which will hit your mailboxes in late February.

Badger Nation Top Stories