It was an extremely busy weekend for Eastern Michigan football as far as recruiting is concerned. With 22 recruits visiting over the weekend, five would end up committing to the program. This one might have been the biggest.
"This is an amazing opportunity," Turner told Hustle Belt. "We have a chance to do something special, coach [Chris] Chreighton's leading us in the right direction and I can't wait to get started in July and August."
From Norwalk, Ohio, the 6-foot, 200-pound running back received other offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Illinois, Marshall, Minnesota, Navy, Toledo and Western Michigan. 247sports and Scout both have Turner as a 3-star prospect while Rivals has him down as a 2.
Turner told us back in June that he was very high up on Toledo and Bowling Green, but EMU was still one of his top choices.
"I just feel like Creighton is an amazing guy and he's had really good past success at Drake University," Turner said. "He really wants to win and he's really trying to turn things around where other teams are already more established and some coaches feel like they're already going to beat us next year... I just believe in him."
Turner runs a 40 time of 4.48 seconds, which is good for the size that he has on top of the vision and elusiveness he possesses. He's actually got a good mix of both going on, as you'll see in the video at the end.
With Bronson Hill and Ryan Brumfield leaving, there's going to be some more competition for playing time at this position. By our counts, the list of running backs that EMU will have next year are: Breck Turner, Darius Jackson, Juwan Lewis, Shaq Vann, Ian Eriksen, Tyler Gist, Andre Houston, Blake Banham. The last five mentioned were all red-shirted this year. Gist had to sit out this year since he had transferred from Georgetown, but you see what I mean about Breck being able to see some playing time as a true freshman.
We'll see how everything will pan out once he's doing drills and practicing with the team in the summer, but he very may well see some playing time as a true freshman in 2015.
"I've gotten close with some of the other commits," Turner added, saying Jackson was a huge help with answering any questions that Turner had during the visit. "I've texted some of them and we really think we can turn that place around... if that happens, then I want to be a part of it."
Before Turner started playing varsity, Norwalk hadn't been in the playoffs since 1976 when they won states, as Turner says. His junior year was the first time his team went to the playoffs since then, and is ending his high school career playing on a team that won a conference title with a 10-0 record for the first time in school history.
But Turner just couldn't stop talking about how impressed he was with Creighton. "He's more about people," he said, "football is great and everything, but he cares more about how you'll be five and ten years down the road."
Of course, we couldn't have this interview if I didn't ask about The Factory. "It's something else," was the first thing he said about it, which is an overstatement. "I've walked on it a few times and, I don't know, I just feel really fast on it."
What's the commotion with Turner? Find out for yourself and watch his highlight tape courtesy of Hudl:
High school statistics via MaxPreps
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