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CROOTIN’: Hawkeyes land verbal commitment from Joshua Turner
August 11, 2016
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The 3-star DB is Iowa’s 16th commitment in their 2017 class, and fifth defensive back.

Hawkeye Football has landed a new recruit for the #Swarm17 phenomenon. Joshua Turner announced his commitment to Iowa today via his Twitter account, making him the 16th commitment in the 2017 recruitment class. The six foot tall, 175 lb. defensive back out of Delray Beach, FL is the 144th ranked defensive back in the 2017 class, per 247 Sports.

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or were actually working, whatever), Iowa’s super-recruiter/2017 running back commit Eno Benjamin took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to make an announcement on the Iowa Football Class of 2017:

After that, our boy Jonah did a write up on who he expected the Hawkeyes to land earlier today, and towards the end of the piece, talked about how Joshua Turner would be a stud that the Hawkeyes would love to have:

the one I’d be most excited about at this point (aside from those names above) would be Delray Beach, FL DB Joshua Turner. The 3-star sits at 6’ 175 pounds and we know the staff is looking to add defensive backs. Getting kids from Florida will always be OK with me. Iowa is one of his better offers and recent social media activity would lead me to believe this could be our guy.

The kid was a highly recruited defensive back, receiving offers from 21 schools other than Iowa, including Wisconsin, Purdue, Boston College, Army, and South Florida. So while he wasn’t being courted by the likes of Ohio State and Alabama, the kid had some serious offers from some pretty good schools.

Turner also took the time to interview with HawkeyeNation, where he talked about his decision to commit to Iowa. The best excerpt from that interview is probably where he talks about his ambition and tells Hawkeye fans what to expect from him in the future:

“You’re getting a dog, basically a relentless and hardworking kid who’s always going to give his all. A savage,” Turner said to tell Hawkeye fans.

This commitment basically eliminates the need for the Hawkeyes to further recruit players for the secondary, although in a landscape where players can switch their verbal commitments at any time, anything is possible. Russ Yeast and Kobe Boyce were two defensive backs that Iowa was looking at, although with five commitments from DBs in this class already most likely means that they’re going elsewhere. If either of the two ends up at Iowa, it would probably be Yeast, who could potentially play on the other side of the ball.

But until then, welcome to Iowa, Joshua Turner. We think you’ll like it here, as long as you bring a coat.

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