Hello: D.J. Turner

Hello: D.J. Turner Comment Count

Seth June 25th, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Aux arms! [Photo: Christopher Nee/247 Sports]

As expected for over a month now, D.J. Turner (not the Maryland receiver) committed to Michigan in an announcement planned long before half of his generation decided to do the same. Now it's public!

He's a long-armed, heady, versatile 3.5-star sort whom Michigan identified as a top target—he was one of the first 2019 cornerbacks Michigan offered, according to Steve Lorenz, and Chris Partridge stayed on the Georgia prospect the whole way.


247 ESPN Rivals


3*, 88, #41 CB, #49 GA, #450 Ovr 4*, 80, #23 CB, #154 Southeast, #37 GA 3*, 5.7, #52 CB, #47 GA 3*, .8817, #41 CB, #47 GA, #439 Ovr

Turner was a 4-star for most of the process until 247 dropped him from #280 to the mid-400s; their ranking is now almost exactly in line with the Composite, with ESPN the only site still clinging to the post 2016 season impression. That came after a move to free safety in a loaded secondary (he's one of three recruits from his school ranked around the same area), even though that move led quite directly to North Gwinnett's first-ever state championship (of the new 7A level).

He's listed anywhere from 5-10 to 6-0, and 165 to 180, with an "official" (i.e. what he wrote down himself) measurement from The Opening of 6-0/165 as of March. We'll split the difference and call him 5-11/165 though as you can see with the favored photo he's got arms for days, a point that gets brought up often in scouting reports. Also brought up in scouting reports: Versatility!

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Hello: Gabe Newburg

Hello: Gabe Newburg Comment Count

Ace April 5th, 2018 at 1:02 PM

photo via 247Sports

Three-star Clayton (Ohio) Northmont defensive end Gabe Newburg chose an odd time to commit to a school, at least if you want said commitment to get a lot of attention: he announced on Twitter shortly before the national championship game tipped off.

As it turns out, that's because Newburg had a plan. While he and his family are Michigan fans, he wanted to see if Ohio State would come forth with an offer. Per Land of 10, Urban Meyer waffled, and that made the choice simple:

“It went well,” Newburg said of his unofficial visit to Ohio State last Friday. “I watched their practice, went on a tour of the campus, and then talked to Coach Meyer for a little while. He talked to me a lot about how close they were to offering me. We talked for a little while. We’d talk and then he’d turn to one of his assistants and say, ‘I like this kid. We gotta get him.’ He said that a few times.

“He told me to be patient and asked if I could wait a month before committing somewhere else, but I can’t do that, man. I know what I want to do and I’m going to do it. I can’t wait around.”

While one would normally worry about such a commitment sticking, Newburg—who, incidentally, added his Michigan offer recently when he stopped by campus on his way back from East Lansing—went with his childhood favorite:

"That’s a dream offer man. I've been a Michigan fan my whole life," Newburg told 247's Brice Marich upon the offer. "My whole family is actually. I just told him how long I’ve been waiting for this one and showed him pictures of my house on game day and the 'M Den' inside my house. He stood up gave me and my parents a huge hug and said, ‘You guys are my kind of people.' My mom and dad were with me. My dad was very pumped up and my mom got tears in her eyes (when I got the offer).”

He followed up his commitment by lighting up Ohio State's Barstool affiliate, so his Michigan career is off to an excellent start.

Newburg is the seventh commit in the 2019 class and the third at defensive end, joining five-star SDE Chris Hinton and (potentially waffling) top-100 WDE Stephen Herron. Michigan's class now ranks third in the country and first in the Big Ten on the 247 composite rankings.


Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
3*, 5.6, #53 WDE NR DE 3*, 85, #55 WDE,
#813 Ovr
3*, #53 WDE,
#798 Ovr

Rivals and 247 both have Newburg in the middling three-star range, while ESPN hasn't bothered to evaluate him yet (surprise).

The two sites that have evaluated list him at 6'5", 230 pounds (ESPN docks him an inch). He's got a long frame with plenty of room to add weight and could wind up at either weakside or strongside end depending on which skills he develops.

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