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Josh Turner’s commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday afternoon is a big deal for the following reasons.
— Turner is a 6-0, 180-pound cornerback from American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Fla. It’s always good for Iowa to land athletes from Florida. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced in 2013 that Iowa wasn’t going to actively recruit Florida. That’s since been modified with an “unless it makes sense,” which means if there’s a connection and if Iowa believes it’s a strong enough connection to at least land a visit.
Turner visited Iowa in late June.
“I love it here and the facilities and coaches stood out to me, especially Coach Ferentz,” Turner, rated a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com, told HawkeyeReport.com. “He’s an amazing guy and he offered me himself, so it was awesome.”
— Turner had 20 scholarship offers with the final six being Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Boston College, South Florida and Army. Iowa went head-to-head with Wisconsin and Purdue, Big Ten West Division foes, and came up with the commit.
Iowa linebackers coach Seth Wallace is listed by Rivals as Turner’s lead recruiter.
“I just love Coach Ferentz and the whole coaching staff,” Turner told HawkeyeReport. “They’re great people that I know I can trust.
“The facilities are amazing and they do a wonderful job of developing players. (Strength and conditioning coach) Coach (Chris) Doyle is the best in the business at what he does, so I know I will be in good hands.”
— Iowa needs defensive backs.
Let’s check out the 2016 depth chart: Seniors Desmond King and Greg Mabin are the starters at corner. Strong safety Miles Taylor is a junior. Sophomore free safety Brandon Snyder is the relative new guy, but the point remains. Iowa needs a refill in the secondary, even with promising backups Joshua Jackson and Michael Ojemudia.
Iowa has five defensive backs committed to the 2017 class — 4-star Chevin Calloway and 3-stars Matt Hankins, Camron Harrell and Djimon Colbert.
“The cornerback position will be wide open, so they see me coming in along with the other guys and competing for a spot,” Turner said.
So, Florida athlete, beat Big Ten West rivals for his commitment and a position of need. Turner checked a lot of boxes for the Hawkeyes.
Turner is Iowa’s 16th commitment for the 2017 recruiting class (national signing period begins Feb. 1, 2017). Recently, Ferentz has said Iowa’s ‘17 class will be in the neighborhood of 20 prospects.