While summertime might mean relaxation and vacation for many, for Norwalk High (Norwalk, Ohio) running back Breck Turner, the summer has been anything but a vacation. The soon-to-be high school senior is a highly-touted running back prospect in the class of 2015. Ranked 3-stars (247Sports composite), Turner is one of the top players in the state of Ohio, and a Top-75 running back prospect nationally.
A powerful back, at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Turner possesses excellent field vision, and has the makings of a workhorse. He has above average hands for a high school running back, and explodes through holes with a frightening quickness. While his footwork isn't the best, and his not as agile as some of the smaller running backs, he can move in space and isn't afraid of bowling over defenders. It's easy to see then why with all his talent comes a hectic recruiting process.
So far Turner has picked up offers from 10 schools in all, and spent his weekends shuttling around the midwest to attend camps and visit schools.
"People think it's real easy, you just go to camps, you just show up. They don't really see the hard work you put in," Turner said of his busy summer schedule. "It is kind of draining, going to all these camps and doing the same things over and over again, but at the end of the day you've just got to think that this is all going to pay off. You're going to go to school for free. You're going to get a free education. You're going to build relationships that will carry on throughout your life."
So far Turner has received offers from mostly MAC schools. All said seven MAC members have offered the Sandusky, Ohio-area prospect. Bowling Green, his tenth and most recent offer, came just this past week.
"They were really excited about me and said I'm the kind of player they wanted me on their team. They actually didn't just offer me as a running back; they offered me as a receiver as well. Like wherever I want to play, that's what they said," Turner told Hustle Belt. "I'm going to have to make a visit down there soon to see the campus and meet the players."
Turner says he's impressed with Bowling Green's high-octane Baylor-style offense, and that the opportunity for more touches is intriguing. But while Bowling Green may have the sexiest offense, they're newer to the process of recruiting Turner, and as such are at a slight disadvantage to their rivals in the Battle of I-75, Toledo.
Turner visited Toledo this past weekend for the third time this year, and came away feeling even better about the program that's recruited him the hardest so far. He says he's built the best relationship with Toledo, and the continued contact has helped with that.
In fact, the Rockets would probably been in his Top 3 schools if he had to narrow down his list today, he says.
The other top schools he's considering right now? Minnesota, Eastern Michigan and Ball State.
But before anyone thinks, "oh, great, how can my MAC team compete with a B1G school?" consider what Turner is looking for in a school.
Relationships and a family-like atmosphere with his teammates and coaches are key, but so too are things such as location and education.
"It doesn't have to be like an hour away, but I don't want it to be 20 hours away," Turner said. That's good news for the three MAC programs currently in his list of top schools, all of which are within a short day's drive from his home, with Toledo being just an hour away.
Whichever school winds up getting Turner's commitment, it will know before the fall. The 6-foot, 200-pound power back says he wants a decision made before the start of his senior season so he can relax and focus on football and school.
As for the rest of the summer, Turner plans on making several more visits, and attending some important camps around the midwest. He's attending Illinois' camp this Friday, and plans to visit Ball State this weekend. A visit to Bowling Green is also in the plans for sometime soon he says, as are stops at Kentucky, EMU and Miami,
One thing is certain, Turner has a busy few weeks ahead of him before he makes his final decision.
Check out his highlights, courtesy of Hudl: