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Harrisonburg (VA) offensive tackle Landon Turner wanted to give the University of Virginia another look after Mike London took over as Cavaliers head coach. The 6-5, 300-pound junior attended UVa’s Spring Football Festival this past Saturday, giving Virginia’s football program that second look.
“I wanted to kind of see what the deal was with Coach London and learn more about them,” the Group AA first-team all-state selection said. “I knew about Virginia and how it is there, but as far as the atmosphere with the new coaching staff I wanted to learn more.”
Was Virginia able to make a push in this race?
“It’s still a little early. Virginia is still not in my top five, but I did like it a lot,” Turner said.
“Virginia was much improved from before. Coach London is an unbelievable coach. He’s a great guy. He talked about Virginia being a whole new different thing. He said he wanted to re-spark my interest and he said to not give up on Virginia.”
On Saturday, Turner felt a new energy running through the Virginia program.
“You can feel it from the players there,” he said. “There seems to be more of a connection with the players and the coaches.”
North Carolina and Virginia Tech continue to top Turner’s list of schools, with West Virginia, Ohio State (no offer) and Michigan State rounding out the top five. LSU and Virginia top the list of other schools in the running for the big-time offensive lineman, who intends on making three official visits before committing.
The Harrisonburg star enjoyed a recent visit to Chapel Hill – “It was really fun and very exciting,” he said – but stopped short of calling the Tar Heels the clear favorite.
“Right now, it’s really hard to say,” Turner said when asked if he had a clear favorite between UNC and Virginia Tech. “It does change.”
This week, Turner will trek to Michigan State for its Spring Game and then will head to Virginia...
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