Rutgers added a second surprise commit on National Signing Day. Just an hour after adding Boston College grad transfer Malachi Moore, Mississippi DT Julius Turner has signed with the Scarlet Knights.
Turner, a two-star recruit, flipped from Louisiana Tech. He originally committed to the Bulldogs last July, but Chris Ash and his staff began to express interest in him in recent weeks. Turner was offered on January 12, and took an official visit to Rutgers on January 22. On January 29, Ash and defensive line coach Shane Burnham visited Turner, and today he officially joined the Scarlet Knights' recruiting class.
In addition to Rutgers and Louisiana Tech, Turner also had offers from Memphis, Wake Forest, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, and others.
At 6-2, 270, Turner isn't going to be the biggest guy on the defensive line, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed. His film shows that he can blow past blockers to put pressure on the quarterback and stuff the run. He also demonstrates strong tackling skills. He plays with the intensity and energy that makes him a good fit for the high-octane defense Ash and DC Jay Niemann say they want to run.
Freshman Impact Index: 3 - Rutgers is returning both Sebastian Joseph and Julian Pinnix-Odrick next season, so defensive tackle isn't an immediate position of need. With a good summer, Turner could earn himself a reserve role off the bench, but more likely he see time on special teams thanks to his speed, or simply redshirt.
Check out Turner's film right here:
Welcome to the banks, Julius!
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