After missing most of his sophomore season due to injury, Harrisonburg (VA) offensive tackle Landon Turner returned in strong fashion as a junior in 2009. Turner, a 6-5, 310-pound prospect, was recently named to the AP Group AA first-team all-state squad. He will now take his talents to San Antonio, where he will compete against some of the country’s other top juniors at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine on January 7th.
“I’m looking forward to new competition and getting outside of the Massanutten district competition,” said Turner, who is one of a handful of in-state juniors making the trip to San Antonio. Other confirmed in-state participants include Dinwiddie quarterback Chris Hall, Dinwiddie defensive lineman Corey Marshall and Bayside cornerback Demetrious Nicholson.
From now until next February, the recruiting process will certainly be a focus of Turner’s. He is off to a great start so far, having received official scholarship offers from East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“I know it’s going to be crazy, but I’m looking forward to it,” Turner said of the recruiting process. “I’m going to the one big combine and then I’ll take in some junior day visits. I’m training, working out and working on getting better this offseason. I want to trim down and build up more muscle. I felt like I made a really strong comeback this year. I got after it. I want to get better for next year and become more of an asset for my team.”
Turner hit the recruiting trail hard this past fall, visiting Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Penn State and Michigan State are two new visits he hopes to make this offseason, but for now he has only one visit in place.
“The only junior day date I know of is Virginia Tech on February 27th,” Turner said. “I’m going to go to that. I want to get back to Virginia Tech. I haven’t been there in a while. Once I find out other junior day dates, I’ll formulate more of a schedule.”
Turner says it is “still too early” to name a clear favorite, though he stated previously that he in particular enjoyed the Virginia Tech experience. If he decides to ultimately play college...
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