Virginia Tech's recruiting emphasis in North Carolina for the 2018 cycle — the #NC2VT campaign — netted its most highly touted prospect to date. Tre Turner went public with his commitment on , a pledge which had the Hokies jumping for a couple of weeks. Turner joins defensive tackle Joe Kane as the pair of Tar Heel State prospects currently verballed to Tech's '18 class.
The 6-3, 175 pound Northwest Guilford (Greensboro, NC) wide receiver/athlete is a consensus 4-star recruit among the major services.
Turner opted for the Hokies over offers from Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, and Miami.
"The campus is like no other, it's a different feel than anything I've ever felt," Turner told The Key Play in May. (The same interview includes analysis from Turner's coach, Jared Rolfes, and Turner discusses being pitched as a dual sport athlete.) "Coach Fuente, he has a good thing going with the offense there."
#Hokies are in hot pursuit of 4-star WR Tre Turner. Tre and his head coach, Jared Rolfes, discuss the former's recruitment and where Virginia Tech stands (spoiler: to the top). http://www.thekeyplay.com/virginia-tech-football-recruiting/2017/05/14174/one-nations-top-athlete-prospects-tre-turner-has A post shared by The Key Play (@thekeyplay) on May 5, 2017 at 5:47am PDT
Turner caught 52 passes for 1,065 yards in 11 games last season, an impressive 20 yards per catch.
"With as tall as he is, as smooth as he is, with the quick twitch in his hips and his reactions, most of those things you don't see from guys that tall," Northwest Guilford coach Jared Rolfes told The Key Play in May. "He can do what kids at 5'9" or 5'10" can do, speed wise.
"Once he got comfortable, it was just like a rocket ship taking off."
Bottom line, Turner is a marquee playmaker that Justin Fuente and his staff identified and offered (latter in February 2016) early in their Virginia Tech tenures. Along with Darryle Simmons, Turner fills a void as a taller receiver who can thrive split out wide. Furthermore, by securing Turner's pledge in May, the Hokies' efforts to land additional North Carolina recruits throughout the 2018 cycle stand to benefit from a splashy springtime commitment.