RB recruit Christian Turner picks Michigan over Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Three-star running back recruit Christian Turner used emoji symbols of a house to caption an Instagram photo of himself visiting Notre Dame last week.

Despite prior evidence to the contrary, Turner won’t be calling Notre Dame his home any time soon. On Monday, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound recruit announced his verbal commitment to Michigan.

“With lots of prayer and thought I believe that the right decision has been made,” Turner wrote in part of his announcement on Twitter. “With that, I would like to announce my commitment to … The University of Michigan.”

Committed‼️ Thanks to @Hayesfawcett3@Claywill3_ for the collab edit pic.twitter.com/6qNbn4cIMX

— Christian Turner (@_ChrisTurner28) April 10, 2017

Notre Dame hosted Turner on campus Wednesday as part of a Midwest visit swing. His next stop was Michigan on Thursday. That’s when the Wolverines surged ahead. Turner’s previous posts about his Notre Dame visit have been deleted on Twitter and Instagram.

"Michigan has been one of my favorites for a while now," Turner told Rivals. "The visit was important and it showed me a lot, but the communication two or three times a week since they offered played a big part of it.''

"A big part of my commitment was relationships, and I just have a great feel around the coaching staff. That really pushed Michigan over Notre Dame for me."

Rivals ranks Turner, who rushed for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns at Buford (Ga.) High as a junior, as the No. 26 running back in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him 29th at the position.

Some of the committed Irish recruits in the 2018 class took note of Turner’s decision to pick Michigan over Notre Dame. Running back Markese Stepp and linebacker Ovie Oghoufo, both long-time Notre Dame commits, each tweeted about Turner’s commitment and looking forward to playing against the Wolverines in 2018.

Congrats G..... I'll be seeing u in 2018 https://t.co/DVRgMFRRMs

— Markese Stepp (@markese_stepp) April 10, 2017

oh this game bout to be lit.. https://t.co/jsG5CfQmE8

— Ovie Oghoufo (@OvieOghoufo) April 10, 2017

Notre Dame and Michigan are scheduled to play in South Bend in 2018 and Ann Arbor in 2019.

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh watches during NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)