Notebook: Notre Dame coaches make in-home visit with 2019 LB Asa Turner

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame coaches Brian Polian and Clark Lea had an in-home visit with 2019 target Asa Turner on Monday, ND Insider confirmed. 247Sports first reported the news.

The Irish could not schedule an in-home visit with Turner, a Carlsbad (Calif.) High product, last week. Turner spent that time in Hawaii for the third rendition of the Polynesian Bowl. He recorded three tackles and an interception as a safety.

The 6-foot-4, 201-pounder remains split between ND and Washington. The Irish view Turner as one who will develop into a buck linebacker. The Huskies are one of few schools that recruited Turner as a safety.

Turner’s decision boils down to which position he feels will suit him better.

“I was trying to explain that I have heard everything I needed to hear,” Turner told ND Insider earlier this month. “So now it is just up to me. Both coaching staffs have told me everything.”

Jan. 11 marked the beginning of the new contact period, which lasts until Feb. 2. With the exception of a few days, the dead period went from Dec. 17, 2018 through Jan. 10, 2019. That prevented the Irish from making any in-home visits with 2019 recruits or school visits with recruits in the 2020 class and beyond.

Turner’s first extensive action at linebacker came at the All-American Bowl in early January. He rotated as a backup and played in limited action throughout the week. Turner then told ND Insider he would commit to either ND or Washington “at least one week” before National Signing Day on Feb. 6.

ND signed all 21 of its commits on Dec. 19, the first day of the early signing period. The only remaining targets for the Irish are Turner and Isaiah Foskey, a Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end. Foskey will announce his decision on Feb. 6.

Turner committed to Washington in July of 2018 but delayed his decision. He planned on signing early but did not reach a decision during the period.

“They told me that I could come in, and if I am not happy at rover, like if I want to play safety — don’t pick Washington if I want to play safety,” Turner said. “They said that I can come there and play safety if I really, really want to.”

Last week’s visits

Offensive coordinator Chip Long, defensive coordinator Clark Lea, offensive line coach Jeff Quinn, wide receiver coach DelVaughn Alexander, quarterback coach Tommy Rees, defensive backs coaches Terry Joseph and Todd Lyght, defensive line coach Mike Elston and special teams coach Brian Polian were on the recruiting trail last week.

Offensive graduate assistant Brandon Lemon also took to the recruiting trail, taking the place of former running backs coach Autry Denson. Lea spent time in Tennessee, Joseph worked in Georgia, Lyght recruited along the West Coast and Polian hit Texas.

ND Insider confirmed some of their visits below.

2020/2021 targets

Tuesday

2020 WR Gee Scott Jr., Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic — Lyght

247Sports: Four stars, No. 14 WR, No. 58 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 17 WR, No. 81 overall

2020 DE Sav’ell Smalls, Seattle Garfield — Lyght

247Sports: Five stars, No. 1 OLB, No. 2 overall | Rivals: Five stars, No. 1 WDE, No. 6 overall

2020 WR Jordan Johnson, St. Louis DeSmet — Long

247Sports: Four stars, No. 19 WR, No. 96 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 12 WR, No. 51 overall

2020 RB Reggie Love, St. Louis Trinity Catholic — Long

247Sports: Three stars, No. 46 RB, No. 510 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 16 RB, No. 180 overall

2020 DE Braiden McGregor, Port Huron (Mich.) Northern — Elston

247Sports: Three stars, No. 13 SDE, No. 279 overall | Rivals: Three stars, No. 25 OLB

2020 RB Kendall Milton, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan — Alexander

247Sports: Four stars, No. 2 RB, No. 10 overall | Rivals: Five stars, No. 2 RB, No. 12 overall

2020 WR Jalen McMillan, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial — Alexander

247Sports: Four stars, No. 20 WR, No. 103 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 14 WR, No. 68 overall

2020 OL Tosh Baker, Phoenix Pinnacle — Quinn

247Sports: Three stars, No. 54 OT, No. 483 overall | Rivals: Three stars, No. 50 OT

Wednesday

2020 APB Chris Tyree, Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale — Long

247Sports: Four stars, No. 1 APB, No. 32 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 1 APB, No. 59 overall

2020 ATH Kristian Story, Lanett (Ala.) High — Joseph

247Sports: Four stars, No. 5 ATH, No. 102 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 4 ATH, No. 86 overall

Thursday

2020 LB Kalel Mullings, Milton (Mass.) Academy — Long, Quinn

247Sports: Four stars, No. 7 OLB, No. 144 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 4 OLB, No. 80 overall

2020 OL Kevin Pyne, Millis (Mass.) Milford — Long, Quinn   

247Sports: Three stars, No. 33 OT, No. 285 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 3 OT, No. 23 overall

2020 S Darius Snow, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron — Polian

247Sports: Four stars, No. 4 S, No. 109 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 6 S, No. 118 overall

2020 CB Jalen Kimber, Mansfield (Texas) Timberview — Polian

247Sports: Three stars, No. 23 CB, No. 283 overall | Rivals: Three stars, No. 33 CB

2020 WR Michael Redding III, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy — Lemon

Rivals: Four stars, No. 27 WR, No. 125 overall

2020 DT Aidan Keanaaina, Denver Mullen — Lyght

247Sports: Three stars, No. 27 DT, No. 357 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 17 DT

2020 CB Clark Phillips III, La Habra (Calif.) High — Alexander

247Sports: Four stars, No. 4 CB, No. 59 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 5 CB, No. 53 overall

2020 WR Davon (D.J.) Graham II, Keller (Texas) Central — Polian

247Sports: Four stars, No. 17 ATH, No. 214 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 39 WR, No. 197 overall

2021 QB Preston Stone, Dallas Parish Episcopal — Polian

247Sports: Four stars, No. 1 DUAL, No. 6 overall

2021 LB Jack Sawyer, Pickerington (Ohio) North — Elston

247Sports: Four stars, No. 1 SDE, No. 3 overall

Friday

2020 WR John Humphreys, Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar — Alexander (watched him play basketball)

247Sports: Four stars, No. 15 WR, No. 73 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 25 WR, No. 116 overall

2020 OL Andrew Gentry, Littleton (Colo.) Columbine — Lyght

247Sports: Four stars, No. 31 OT, No. 224 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 6 OT, No. 40 overall

2020 APB A.J. Henning, Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East — Rees

247Sports: Four stars, No. 3 WR, No. 25 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 3 APB, No. 84 overall

More: With it being basketball season, ND’s staff watched a few players on the court last week. Elston went to Braiden McGregor’s Tuesday game. Alexander attended John Humphreys’ Friday contest. Irish safety signee Kyle Hamilton played in front of Joseph on Tuesday.

• The Irish continue to express strong interest in Chris Tyree, the nation’s top all-purpose back for 2020. Head coach Brian Kelly visited Thomas Dale during ND’s bye week on Oct. 17. Tyree included the Irish in his top 10, which was released on Dec. 5. Long visited his school the following day. Tyree visited South Bend on Dec. 15 to watch ND practice for the College Football Playoff.

• Reggie Love included ND in his top seven schools, which he announced Jan. 14 on Twitter. Nebraska, Wisconsin, TCU, Illinois, Kentucky and Purdue also made his list. Love took an unofficial visit for ND’s Sept. 29 home game against Stanford.

• Gee Scott Jr., Jordan Johnson, Reggie Love, Braiden McGregor, Tosh Baker, Chris Tyree, Kristian Story, Kalel Mullings, Kevin Pyne, Darius Snow, Aidan Keanaaina, Jack Sawyer, John Humphreys, Andrew Gentry and A.J. Henning have all visited ND's campus previously.

Commits/Signees

Tuesday

2019 S Kyle Hamilton, Atlanta Marist — Joseph

247Sports: Four stars, No. 2 S, No. 22 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 7 S, No. 75 overall

Thursday

2020 QB Drew Pyne, New Canaan (Conn.) High — Rees

247Sports: Four stars, No. 8 PRO, No. 229 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 5 PRO, No. 56 overall

2020/2021 prospects

Tuesday

2020 CB Ayden Hector, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic — Lyght

247Sports: Four stars, No. 19 CB, No. 217 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 23 CB

2020 RB Sam Adams II, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic — Lyght

247Sports: Four stars, No. 25 RB, No. 247 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 17 RB, No. 181 overall

2020 ATH Mookie Cooper, St. Louis Trinity Catholic — Long

247Sports: Four stars, No. 4 ATH, No. 95 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 6 ATH, No. 92 overall

2020 WR James Frenchie, St. Louis Trinity Catholic — Long

247Sports: Four stars, No. 53 WR, No. 269 overall | Rivals: Three stars, No. 34 ATH

2021 LB Ma’a Gaoteote, Las Vegas Faith Lutheran — Lemon

247Sports: Four stars, No. 1 OLB, No. 21 overall

2021 DT J.T. Tuimoloau, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic — Lyght

247Sports: Four stars, No. 1 DT, No. 1 overall

2021 OT Brody Wisecarver, St. Louis DeSmet — Long

Wednesday

2020 LB Martavius French, Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven — Lea

247Sports: Three stars, No. 18 ILB, No. 547 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 3 ILB, No. 141 overall

2020 LB Bryson Eason, Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven — Lea

247Sports: Four stars, No. 7 ILB, No. 254 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 2 ILB, No. 39 overall

2020 WR Marvin Mims, Frisco (Texas) Lone Star — Polian

247Sports: Four stars, No. 28 WR, No. 142 overall | Rivals: Four stars, No. 40 WR, No. 203 overall

Friday

2020 CB Briston Bennett, Franklin (Tenn.) Battle Ground Academy — Lea

247Sports: Three stars, No. 57 CB, No. 799 overall

2020 CB Keniko Parham, San Dimas (Calif.) High — Alexander

2021 RB Corey Kiner, Cincinnati Roger Bacon — Long, Quinn

2021 QB J.J. McCarthy, La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy — Rees

More: J.J. McCarthy’s recruitment gained steam following the 2018 season, as many top schools were in line to offer him. The Irish have visited his school multiple times. Long joined Rees on Jan. 11 to La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy for ND’s first of two visits in the last couple weeks. McCarthy threw for the Irish coaching staff at one of the Elite Skills Camps last June.

• Although committed to USC, Ma’a Gaoteote nearly took a trip to ND in the fall. Gaoteote intended on coming for ND’s Nov. 10 game against Florida State, however he ran into a scheduling conflict. The Irish also visited the school of Gee Scott Jr., who committed to Ohio State on Dec. 25, 2018.

• Ayden Hector, Mookie Cooper, Brody Wisecarver, Briston Bennett and Corey Kiner have visited ND's campus.

Offer spree

The Irish extended scholarship offers to seven recruits last week.

2020 WR Bryce Gowdy, Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High: Lemon visited Gowdy’s high school on Wednesday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

2020 LB Phillip Webb, Buford (Ga.) Lanier: Joseph visited Webb’s high school on Wednesday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

2020 ATH Drew Sanders, Denton (Texas) Ryan: Polian visited Sanders’ high school on Thursday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

2021 ATH Emeka Egbuka, Steilacoom (Wash.) High: Lyght visited Egbuka’s school on Wednesday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

2021 WR Billy Bowman Jr., Denton (Texas) Ryan: Polian visited Bowman’s school on Thursday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

2021 DE Ja’tavion Sanders, Denton (Texas) Ryan: Polian visited Sanders’ school on Thursday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

2021 LB Yanni Karlaftis, West Lafayete (Ind.) High: Elston visited Karlaftis’ school on Friday before offering him. To read more on him, click here.

Carlsbad (Calif.) High linebacker Asa Turner, a 2019 recruit, recommitted to Washington on Jan. 31, 2019.