After originally committing to Washington in July, four-star safety recruit Asa Turner eventually backed off of that pledge when Notre Dame came calling. Now Turner has re-committed to UW and seems set to sign with the Huskies next week.
Asa Turner has committed to the University of Washington.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety — who originally pledged to UW in July, but declined to sign a national letter of intent with the Huskies during December’s early signing period — announced his final destination in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“Next stop … University of Washington!!! #GoDawgs #GlorifyGod”, Turner wrote.
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So ends — presuming, of course, that he inks with UW on national signing day on Feb. 6 — a hotly contested, at times tumultuous recruitment for the consensus four-star safety from Carlsbad, Calif. After a late push from Notre Dame forced Turner to reconsider signing early, UW head coach Chris Petersen lamented the “vultures” circling certain unnamed Husky recruits.
“I think about three or four years ago, or certainly when I first got here, I felt zero (suspense),” Petersen said on early signing day on Dec. 19. “Like the night before, I didn’t think about it twice. … And I think as the recruiting situation has — I’m trying to think of the right words — gotten worse, it can be painful.
“The vultures and the lowdown tactics that (are) going on behind closed doors — now I think about it a little bit more than I did.”
Turner’s Instagram post on Thursday should certainly put Petersen’s mind at ease. But what made the coveted recruit worthy of Washington’s continued pursuit?
“It’s his versatility positionally,” 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman said. “That’s really why this thing has dragged out as much as it has. He had Notre Dame recruiting him as a linebacker. He had Washington recruiting him as a safety. So it was a matter of, where did he feel more comfortable?
“I think he was really drawn to Notre Dame and their program, but positionally, I think what ultimately swayed him back to Washington is that they’re going to play him as a safety, and that’s what he’s played his whole career.”
Turner is ranked as the No. 10 athlete and No. 198 overall recruit in the 2019 class by 247Sports. Besides Notre Dame, he chose UW over the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Utah, Washington State and more. Next Wednesday, Turner will join a class that already includes 20 signees and one safety in three-star early enrollee Cameron Williams.
Of course, that class may also continue to grow, as a slew of other recruits — namely, four-star prospects and recent official visitors linebacker Daniel Heimuli and wide receiver Puka Nacua — consider UW among a list of finalists.
As for Turner, it appears the vultures will have to settle for someone else.
The Huskies just have to hope the second commitment sticks.