Digesting and Recapping Tre Turner's Commitment to the Hokies

Another domino in Virginia Tech's #NC2VT campaign fell.

Tre Turner picks the Hokies over North Carolina and Florida State [@coachjlinz]

Virginia Tech landed its highest rated recruit of its 2018 class on Wednesday when consensus 4-star wide receiver/athlete Tre Turner committed to the Hokies. That was cause for much celebration.

Tech doubled down on its focus of North Carolina this cycle, and thus far Turner's pledge has paid the most substantial dividend. Yet, Tech is well positioned with many other rising Tar Heel State seniors such as: 4-star LB Dax Hollifield, 4-star LB Alan Tisdale, 4-star DT Alim McNeill, 3-star DB Nadir Thompson, and 3-star corner D.J. Crossen. Though there's still work to be done on the trail, and nothing is final until recruits put pen to paper, the optimism for a quite a Carolina haul is justifiable.

It certainly helps when a marquee talent like Turner pledges relatively early, he can then aid in the effort to bring more similarly skilled prospects into the fold.

The afformentioned Crossen announced a decision date of June 9 on Wednesday — Turner's decision day. Perhaps that's nothing than sheer coincidence, but 247Sports' Ryan Bartow reported in March the pair were a package deal.

Turner is a package deal with three-star cornerback D.J. Crossen (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley), who also favors Virginia Tech. Crossen and Turner both plan to make summer decisions. Crossen played with [Hendon] Hooker in high school and both Guilford County natives are close friends with [Mook] Reynolds.

And yes, these are friends that appear to go way back.

Moreover, 5-star defensive end and West Forsyth HS (Clemmons, NC) product K.J. Henry attended Turner's announcement.

OK, enough of what Tech stands to potentially gain from North Carolina.

Turner noted he will enroll in January as a two-sport athlete. He told the News & Record he will be a priority walk-on for Buzzketball.

"I am going on a football scholarship at the end of the day," said Turner, a first-team HSXtra.com All-Area football selection in 2016. "If basketball ends up being not what I want to do in college, then I'll just be a football player. I'm not going to pursue my basketball career. I'm going to pursue both careers, but ... I'm a football player first and then I play basketball."

You can rewatch Turner's commitment below (skip to the 12-minute mark), and/or read the transcription of the Q&A with Northwest Guilford HS head coach Jared Rolfes.

ON WHY HE COMMITTED TO VIRGINIA TECH:

"I chose Virginia Tech because throughout the whole recruiting process it's been the best fit for me, and my family loves it. Every visit I've gone on, they've all been good, but that's been the best visit I've been to, the best place."

ON WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT PLAYING FOOTBALL AT VIRGINIA TECH:

"Well what I'm looking forward to the most playing football is coming out to Enter Sandman. That's probably the best entrance I've seen in college football."

ON HIS GOALS:

"Going in, in January I'll be majoring in kinesiology. I want to be a physical therapist when I grow up. I look forward to having a good three to four years while I'm there playing football and basketball, like I wanted to all my life. I just want to thank everybody for giving me the chance to."

Turner went in-depth on his decision during an interview with the News & Record.

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Great write-up, it sounds like Tech has everything this young man wants and needs for opportunities for the future.

"Well what I'm looking forward to the most playing football is coming out to Enter Sandman. That's probably the best entrance I've seen in college football."

See? I dont care what all the pundits and "experts" say. Recruits know a good entrance when they see it. Balloons and a hill my ass....

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

This stood out to me too especially since FSU was in his final 3. I mean I'll be honest their entrance is pretty darn cool... but it's hard to beat Enter Sandman!

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any coolness is canceled out by that damned chop over and over and over and over and over.

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I think the chop is badass. If we had to take on any other school's culture I'd pick FSU. The jerseys, war chants, mascot are all pretty sweet.

Removing features to get people to sign up for your service is something EA would would do.

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Well then

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

But all they have is the chop.

Game starts -- chop.
First down -- chop.
Big hit -- chop.
Get in the red zone -- chop.
Score -- chop.
Other team punt or kick -- chop.
I have to go to the bathroom -- chop.
I got a coke at the concession stand -- chop.
Hey, we just remembered that we came back from commercial -- chop.
Win -- chop.
Lose -- chop.

Look around Lane Stadium, we have all sorts of different celebrations going on during the game. Jumping to Sandman, block that kick, bitchslap (for the big hits), key plays, VPI Victory March, and occasionally someone manages to sneak in Stick It In.

The chop is really fun the first time you watch an FSU game.

After that, each game makes them look more like mindless one-trick zombies.

occasionally someone manages to sneak in Stick It In.

Just to be clear, VT/TKP does not condone Sneaky Stick It Ins.

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Another vote here for our stadium experience. Our entrance is obviously great and the Let's Go Hokies increases the excitement (it's even better when the chant or Enter Sandman erupts unprompted during the game). I especially like the band performing during breaks and being a part of each game (drumming when opponents are near the end zones). I hate most of the loud recorded music that many stadiums pump out making the experience more of an NBA game. I think Whit tried to pump up that volume a couple of years ago with the band sitting on their instruments most of the game....glad someone toned that down and let the band play more. Natural enthusiasm beats the manufactured kind any time. Real fans can tell the difference....players, too.

One more item about stadiums....is there anything better than taking over an opponents stadium? It's happened too many times to mention, but last year at ND when Let's Go Hokies drowned out the ND chant was priceless.

The music in our stadium got really bad there for a while. Speakers couldn't handle the volume and most of it was shit music.

I mean really? The Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feelin?
I gotta headache.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I have to agree with Senator Blutarsky.

If you think the Black Eyed Peas has something to do with music, you should, in fact, GET OFF MY LAWN!

You should listen to him, he's in pre-med....

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

So the Hippocratic oath obligates him to try and protect our hearing!

He's holding up his end.

Oh well I was referring more to the whole Seminole warrior riding in and throwing a flaming spear into the ground thing. That's kinda cool.

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It bothers me because their band is really talented. Like, their sound is really good. And 90% of the time they play the same thing.

The few times they play some of their other songs, even other chant-like songs, it's really cool. Look up Seminole Uprising as an example.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

I got a coke at the concession stand -- chop.

I got a coke at the concession stand -- chop.

FTFY

I attended every home game for 5 seasons and I have no idea what you mean by bitchslap

Removing features to get people to sign up for your service is something EA would would do.

Seconded.

Thirded.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Both valid points about FSUs opening. I personally think it is cool, but its a lot of build-up for a split-second of excitement. Compare that to Enter Sandman where the anticipation is palpable, the build-up takes while, followed by probably a good 30-60 seconds of people losing their minds. ESPECIALLY on a Thursday night.

All that being said, I would put FSUs opening above Clemson's.

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Rub a rock, run down a hill, and release balloons

Sounds like something tailor-made for LOLUVa

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

And yet Clemson at one point held a 29-year winning streak over LOLUVA. We haven't even done that....yet.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

By chance I was at the game the night LOL finally broke that streak. I mean, talk about some puffed up weenies, they were in fine form that evening. Still can't shake the image.

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LOL fans after game be like

Well, we know their love of HardThingsTogether, so rubbing a "rock" does sound like something they would do and enjoy. "Carruthers, pass me the Zima, the ceremonial rub is about to commence!"

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

So #RubbingHardThingsTogether?

A 4* big bodied WR just committed to VT because he felt we were the best fit for him all along.

I'll take 'Things I never thought I'd Say' for $400, Alex....

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

underrated comment, even with lots of upvotes.

Great get!

Still my favorite quote:

"Well, I can play video games in peace now," he said. "I can actually go on dates without getting a phone call. I can sleep. I can go on YouTube and watch my subscriptions without seeing a text pop up saying, 'Hey this is blah blah blah from Rivals.com.' ... I can have all the fun I want to have and not have to worry about texting anybody back unless it's the school I'm going to, because now I run it. It's my decision and I'm making the decision I want to make. They have to respect it."

Source

That's also sad at the same time. These kids have no experience in how to handle this and are thrown in the deep end.

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I hope he doesn't think the calls from coaches are going to stop just because he declared....

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

I can have all the fun I want to have and not have to worry about texting anybody back unless it's the school I'm going to, because now I run it.

He knows.

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What's that about popups on Youtube?

THE OLD SCHOOL LOGO THO

Oh, man. Does this kid get it, or what???

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Love the part in the Interview where he says he's hoping to get 3 more guys up there with him from the 336. How awesome is that?!?

Go Hokies

Aka Crossen, Tisdale and the hail mary on Henry

Tech is well positioned with many other rising Tar Heel State seniors such as: 4-star LB Dax Hollifield, 4-star LB Alan Tisdale, 4-star DT Alim McNeill, 3-star DB Nadir Thompson, and 3-star corner D.J. Crossen. Moreover, 5-star defensive end and West Forsyth HS (Clemmons, NC) product K.J. Henry attended Turner's announcement.

This is a great get for a multitude of reasons.

Mostly, because he just seems like a great athlete AND a great guy with a good head on his shoulders, and we need more players like that. I like that VT has become a magnet for those types of guys (starting with the AD and coaches).

Well, if you hire a POS as a coach, you'll probably get POS for player

Um... what?

Shitty coaches attract shitty players. Good coaches attract good players. I think that's what he meant.

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Exhibit A:

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

and/or family oriented coaches attract family oriented players. Mercenary coaches attract mercenary players.

You rang?

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sorry, i got lazy. Not sure who downvoted you but...lets fix that

Well, that's sort of the opposite side of the coin, but I suppose it works as well.

I was more saying that VT has a really great chemistry right now, as reflected both in the coaching staff and the student athlete's we're attracting.

Success breeds success.

When does HS bball end? It seems like he's going to miss out on his last season of HS bball, at least the end of the season and playoffs.

Does this matter to Buzz? or to his Bball future?

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Does this matter to Buzz? or to his Bball future?

No. Football is his focus.

Always choose joy.

Also I doubt he actually plays for the basketball team. Didn't happen with Ford.

Our motto bringing spirit true, that we may ever serve you

Exactly. Football is his primary goal. I asked about basketball, which he still has an interest to pursue. So, would missing your senior season of basketball pretty much end your bball career? Would Buzz care that a walk-on didn't finish out his HS basketball career?

I am wondering if there is any precedent or knowledge in this area. Can an elite athlete skip their senior year of bball and still have a realistic shot at making a NCAA tournament-level team?

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I don't see why not. Players miss seasons for injury and I don't think there is any rule about how many years of HS ball a kid has completed to be eligible for the NCAA or a scholarship. I am sure Buzz would like to see some senior film to help him make a decision, but other than that, I don't see how this affects his playing bball at Tech.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

He'll miss most half of the NCAA basketball season too. Missing a season of HS basketball doesn't matter. Don't get your hopes on him being some stud basketball secret weapon. If he plays more than one season I'll be surprised, if he even plays at all. Also, his game will be affected more in lifting/conditioning of football than it will him not playing a season of high school.

Always choose joy.

So when is he going to figure out that we don't have a kinesiology major?

He says he wants to do PT long term. HNFE hits every prereq you'll need for PT school and has options for tons of hands on experience with the personal training course offered.

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I understand that, but this sort of falls in line with the article that came this past year about VT caoches lying to recruits about the majors at VT. Just interesting.

I personally know a recent VT HNFE grad who will be attending PT school next year. Tre can reach multiple goals in Blacksburg- academically and athletically. Go Tre!!

Not that he'll have a lot of spare time, but there's even a Physical therapy club at Tech!
https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/PTclub/about

I do too. It's not uncommon. But when there is an article that came out earlier this year about Virginia Tech coaches lying to recruits about available majors and then you have a new recruit say that they're majoring in something that isn't available at Tech it makes you think huh.

Was it an article or one random recruit saying it?

Also, the kid can do a little bit of research and determine if a major is available.

So one prospect saying that VT lied. It could be a complete misunderstanding. I'm not saying that it didn't happen, but that isn't exactly a huge article on the subject.

There are always two sides to those stories and the article only addresses one.

It's Time to go to Work

Is this really the direction we want a thread dedicated to our latest star recruit to go? Given that the negativity is mostly speculation...

Check my comment in that thread. Still holds 100% true in my book.

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That is not an article about VT coaches lying to recruits. This is an article about recruits believing they were lied to. There is a big difference. Zero research or validity was put to any claim.

It's also suspect that any recruit relies solely on a coach regarding their academic decisions prior to making this type of commitment. I am not saying it doesn't happen and I am not saying that recruits are not lied to, or that coaches are not sometimes purposefully mercurial but it's ultimately the responsibility of the recruit to speak to the school's academic departments and check that for themselves.

This

Bingo... I am a physical therapist who majored in HNFE. I would absolutely recommend HNFE to him or anyone considering a similar career. Tons of class options relating to that field. Best part is the opportunity to intern with the athletic training staff... something you can't get at every school.

I just think the quote in that article is a kid misunderstanding something. There is absolutely no reason a coach would mislead a kid about academic offerings... they aren't fluid. They are approved by the state and school. Any high schooler can go online and in two or three clicks find the websites of all departments which list the degrees and/or possible career paths. Why would they lie? I don't believe it for a second.

In addition, they meet with academic advisors to discuss their major and answer questions during official visits.

This..........I had an hour sit down and private tour with the dean of the business school. I wasn't a 4 star recruit either. These kids get the entire experience on visits including talking to faculty in their area of interest

It would be like a croot saying that his academic advisor lied to him about playing time.

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I'm really excited about the skill-position talent we are picking up for 2018. With the pass-happy trends in college football and the NFL, you can't have too many WRs or DBs.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

People forget (including myself) how big of role Wiles has played in #NC2VT and in recruiting for us in general.

He's been one of our best recruiters and coaches for a while now. There's a reason Fuente kept him around, and it's not just because he's Bud's right hand man.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Does anyone know why recruiting sites list kids as "athletes"? I always assumed it was due to a lack of particular strength at any one position. However, if you have an athlete thats highly ranked this wouldnt seem to make sense. Is it because they are actually very good at multiple positions? If anyone has any insights thanks!

Multiple positions. Usually of the QB/RB/WR/CB body type (as opposed to front seven or o-line)

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yup, they are legit prospects at more than one position. sometimes the Jumbo Athlete is used for guys who are "DE or TE" types. And I guess in Logan Thomas' case, QB and TE?

Yea and also kids who play one skill position but project to play some other skill position at the next level (i.e. Caleb Farley, DeJuan Ellis, etc.).

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At many High Schools the best player on the field plays QB even though in college he might be a better fit at WR, Safety, RB etc.

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Enter Sandman wins, again! Start jumpin!

2018 looks to be an exceptional recruiting class. And we thought 2016-2017 season was good, CJF is just getting started.