Rutgers football held a BBQ for recruits today and head coach Chris Ash received good news, as 3-star athlete E.J. Turner from Georgia committed to the program. Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media reported it first.
BREAKING: Georgia 3-star athlete E.J. Turner commits to #Rutgers during recruit BBQ #RFootball #B1G https://t.co/10LQ69mzgS— Todderick Hunt (@TodderickHunt) July 22, 2017
Updated with Turner's tweet later in the night:
Blessed to say I'm committed to Rutgers University ‼️ ⚔️#RU18 #AshEra pic.twitter.com/u9LTQVTcXu— Ej Turner® (@E3T__) July 22, 2017
Turner had offers from both Syracuse and West Virginia, as well as over a dozen more, including Kansas State and Cincinnati, per 247 Sports. Turner plays primarily wide receiver, as well as free safety.
During his past junior season for Cartersville high school, a repeat state champion in Georgia, Turner had 36 receptions for 615 yards, averaging 17.1 yards per catch. He also caught 8 touchdowns. Turner’s high school team went 15-0 last season and are led by 247 Sports #1 player in the class of 2018, Trevor Lawrence, who is committed at Clemson. Cartersville is currently on a 30 game winning streak.
Rutgers Football Director of Recruiting Communications, Omar Hales, took to twitter hours ago to celebrate the move, as well when the news of the commitment spread in the late afternoon.
ATL Knights @ the Banks ‼️ #RUKN18HTED ⚔️ ⚔️— Coach Omar Hales (@Omeezi_) July 22, 2017
#GA2RU #RUKN18HTED— Coach Omar Hales (@Omeezi_) July 22, 2017
Turner gives Rutgers a speedy playmaker who will likely play wide receiver full-time on the banks. His big game experience with a perennial powerhouse and playing with Lawrence make him an intriguing prospect. He is now the 15th verbal commit for the program with the class of 2018 and the 13th 3-star recruit to pledge. Before Turner committed, 247 Sports ranked the Rutgers class 10th in the Big Ten and 45th in the country. With likely under 20 scholarships available in this class, based on seniors in their final year of eligibility, expect the staff to be very selective in filling the remaining spots.
Turner is the second commit from Georgia in this class for Rutgers, joining 3-star outside linebacker Jayden McDonald, who verbally pledged one month ago. He is also the 11th out of state commit in the 2018 class. It really doesn’t matter at this point where players are coming from, as long as the staff continues to add talented prospects with potential to develop and make an impact on the program. Only time will tell, but the Rutgers staff continue to do a good job of upgrading the talent base in the program and being resourceful on the recruiting trail.
Welcome to the banks E.J.!
His junior highlights weren’t available, but here are his sophomore highlights at Cartersville.