Coaches, Environment Stand Out To Turner

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The only junior day event Harrisonburg (VA) offensive tackle Landon Turner has been able to attend so far is Virginia Tech’s, which of course occurred this past weekend. The 6-6, 300-pound Group AA all-state standout listed Tech and UNC at the top of his list before the weekend. He reflected on Saturday’s experience and answered whether or not his list has changed as a result.

Turner visited Tech last fall for the Nebraska football game. Of the return visit, he said, “I was hoping to see more of the campus, which was the biggest thing. We got there a little early to do that. The whole trip was really great. It was better than expected.”

For Turner, the highlight of the junior day was talking with current players Greg Nosal and Blake DeChristopher. Through them, he learned more about the relationship the offensive linemen have with coach Curt Newsome.

“It is a real family environment there,” Turner said. “That blew my mind. The relationship between Newsome and the players is great.”

Turner sat down with head coach Frank Beamer as well.

“We all sat down in coach Beamer’s office,” Turner recalled. “We gave regular greetings and then he talked about how he wants us to be there. It was general stuff, but he is a cool guy.

“All the coaches there are amazing and great people. They all wanted me to come there.”

The Tech experience went well, but Turner says that his recruitment remains “status quo” with Virginia Tech and North Carolina leading West Virginia, Ohio State and Georgia. He is also considering Florida, Michigan State, Southern Cal and UVa. Official offers include East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Turner intends on making three official visits this coming fall and plans to commit following those visits.

“I’m going to go ahead and wait until the fall,” he said.

Turner has not set any other recruiting plans at this point, but he does intend on seeing Virginia again soon. In the meantime, he plans to continue weightlifting and working hard towards Harrisonburg’s 2010 football season.

“I’m not looking for recognition or glory, but I’m looking to help my