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Carolina Blue: Turner’s Decision

By BJ Bennett
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SouthernPigskin.com National Columnist Charlie K. breaks down Landon Turner's commitment to North Carolina.

By Charlie K.
SouthernPigskin.com National Columnist


SouthernPigskin.com National Columnist Charlie K. breaks down Landon Turner’s commitment to North Carolina. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/SouthernPigskin. Become a fan of us on Facebook at the SouthernPigskin.com Facebook Page

“I love the business school and the having a degree from a school with the academic tradition and networking arm like North Carolina,” said Landon Turner who today announced at a press conference at Harrisonburg High School that he has decided to cast his lot with the Tar Heels over West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Turner, who is one of the top high school offensive line prospects in the country had an over flow crowd sitting on the edge of their seats prior to his announcement and fan bases from all three schools anxiously awaiting his decision.  But in the end, North Carolina won out. “I have taken college courses in high school and they will transfer to UNC. My plan is to graduate in three years and begin a master’s program with eligibility remaining,” Turner said.

During Turner’s recruitment, fan bases from UNC, VT and WVU all felt they had the inside angle. West Turner, Landon’s father played at WVU as did of his uncle Jim Braxton and another cousin. Virginia Tech has a strong alumni base in the Harrisonbug area and both fan bases have gone back and forth for months about getting their guy. However in the end the short three hour distance between Chapel Hill and Harrisonburg, the academic reputation of UNC’s business school and the opportunity to start as a freshmen at offensive guard was the difference for Turner.

“I’m glad this is over. Now I can concentrate on my senior year and get ready to win a state championship,” Turner said.

Turner’s verbal commitment to North Carolina is setting the stage for the Tar Heels to put together one of their strongest classes in years. Particularly along the offensive line where he joins Kiaro Holts 6’5” 270 5.4 from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jarrod James 6’4” 276 5.2 from Pikeville, North Carolina and Jamar Lewter 6’8” 280 5.2 out of Washington, DC.

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