Massillon Washington defensive back Justin Turner is one of the top talents in the Buckeye State. Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois and many others have shown plenty of interest. Has that interest turned into a scholarship offer from any of the three as one internet article recently suggested?
Bill Kurelic caught up with Turner for more plus we have video highlights from our friends at ScoutingOhio.com.
Right after national signing day Massillon Washington defensive back Justin Turner said that Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois were waiting on his ACT score, which he took Feb. 9, before offering a scholarship.
And despite a recent internet report suggesting that Turner had been offered, Turner said on Sunday evening that is not the case.
“I don't have any offers yet,” Turner said. “There is just talk about them right now. Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan haven't offered yet.”
Turner (6-2, 190) made 38 tackles and intercepted four passes during his junior season. He played cornerback as well as some quarterback, wide receiver and running back. Providing Turner takes care of everything academically, he will have plenty of offers to consider.
“Ohio State is my favorite,” Turner said. “Then Illinois and Michigan, too. Then Penn State and Notre Dame. That's still my top five.”
Turner attended the Buckeyes' first junior day, the weekend the Ohio State basketball team played Indiana.
“Ohio State treats me real good,” he said. “They talk about me playing as a freshman.”
Turner plans to be back at Ohio State a number of times over the next few months.
“I'm going to the NIKE Camp down there in March,” he said. “I'm going to Ohio State's camp. And I'll probably get down to a spring practice.”
Turner will also visit both Michigan and Illinois in the next few months.
“I'm going to Michigan's camp,” he said. “I'll probably go to Illinois' camp. I'm going to an Illinois spring practice. And I'm going to a Cincinnati spring practice.”
At this point the Buckeyes have six verbal commitments for their class of 2009 including cornerback C.J. Barnett from Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. They will look to take at least two more defensive backs in the class.