Turner Ready for Stretch Run

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Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN) defensive end Barry Turner has a busy schedule ahead of him for the month of January. Turner has already scheduled 3 official visits this month and is contemplating another, which would take place this weekend.

“I’m taking several visits already this month,” Turner said. “I go to UT on January 15th, Colorado on January 22nd and Virginia Tech on January 29th. Most likely, I’ll take one this weekend but I haven’t decided where it will be. I’m considering a lot of schools for it. Ole Miss, Vanderbilt…just a lot of schools.”

The University of Nebraska landed Turner’s first official visit back in October. The Cornhuskers remain very much in the picture.

“It was great,” Turner said of Nebraska. “They had very nice people there. I watched a game and it was amazing. Everything was excellent. The Business school was top of the line.”

Turner did not name a clear leader for his services, but says “you could pretty much narrow my list to the schools that I visit. The school’s that I have official visits set up with are the ones that will be the finalists.”

The University of Tennessee, which has seen Turner play since he was a sophomore, is very much in the picture. But Turner cautions that the Vols do not have an advantage simply because they are the in-state school.

“Location is not a factor,” Turner said. “I’m looking for the place that is the best for me. I won’t be home-sick. My high school travels everywhere now. I’m really going to where I have a great relationship with the coaches and the players, if I like the place and if I think the experience will guide me to be a better person. Tennessee is a great school, but I’m going to go wherever is best for me. They don’t have any favoritism because they are in-state.”

Tech, led by lead recruiter Charley Wiles, has made a positive impression on Turner so far. His official visit to Tech later this month will be his first experience in Blacksburg.

“Coach Wiles is a great person,” Turner said. “Coach Beamer has come by and talked to my Mom. They talk to me about the whole package and what the benefit of going to Virginia Tech would be to me as a whole. They offer a great education. They build great relationships beyond the football field and I think they could guide me in the right direction.”

At 6-3, 230-pounds,