Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz continues to kill it on the recruiting trail, and he was at it again as on Thursday he secured a commitment from class of 2017 3-star cornerback Joshua Turner.
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) August 11, 2016
Corey Bender of Scout.com reported on the commitment and spoke with Turner about his decision to become a Hawkeye.
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“Just the coaching staff, like coach Ferentz and coach Parker,” Turner told Scout. “They’ve been very persistent and patient with me. They’re coming off one of the best seasons they’ve ever had, so there’s a lot of guys they could be going after, but they kind of shut it down and left that spot for me.
“They really just showed how bad they want me throughout the process. I can tell they’re being real and not playing any games with me; there are a lot of coaches you can’t really trust in this recruiting process, so it’s hard to trust people.”
Turner, a 6’0”, 175-pound cornerback from Delray Beach, Florida (American Heritage B/D) is rated as a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 1554 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 165th-best cornerback in the country. 247Sports also regards Turner as the No. 242 overall football player in the rich-recruit state of Florida.
He chose the Iowa Hawkeyes over heavy interest from Wisconsin, Army and South Florida. Turner also had offers from Air Force, Albany, Appalachian State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Columbia, Florida International, Holy Cross, Navy, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Purdue, Southern Miss, Towson, Central Florida, Utah State and Western Michigan. He was also receiving interest from Florida Atlantic, Fordham and Nebraska.
Turner is the 16th pledge of Ferentz’s rock solid 2017 recruiting class. It is a class that 247Sports currently ranks as the 20th best in the country and fourth-best among Big Ten teams.