Notre Dame LB target Asa Turner in limbo, defers signing until February

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Asa Turner had been committed to Washington since July.

That changed this week, when the four-star athlete contemplated signing with either the Huskies or Notre Dame during the early three-day window. He did neither.

Now the 6-foot-4, 201-pound linebacker prospect from Carlsbad (Calif.) High is in limbo.

“I’d like to thank everyone, especially the University of Washington and Notre Dame coaching staffs, for their patience and understanding throughout this difficult time,” Turner wrote on his Twitter account Saturday night, a day after the early signing period ended.

“I do not want to commit/sign to a program until I am 100 percent comfortable with that decision, and unfortunately I am still unsure. Therefore, I will be using the time between now and Feb. 6 to evaluate what is best for my future and family.”

Turner had long been on Notre Dame’s list of targets for the 2019 class. He received a scholarship offer from the Irish in May and made an official visit to Notre Dame in June.

But Turner favored the Huskies and gave his pledge to Washington in the summer. That didn’t stop the Irish from pursuing him. Recruiting coordinator Brian Polian and linebackers coach Clark Lea attended a Carlsbad game in October, the night before the Irish played Navy, Oct. 27 in San Diego.

The continued push may still pay off for the Irish. If Turner does end up at ND, he’ll become the fifth linebacker recruit to join Notre Dame’s 2019 class. Four-star recruits Osita Ekwonu and JD Bertrand, and three-star recruits Jack Kiser and Marist Liufau signed with the Irish on Wednesday.

247Sports slates Turner as the No. 10 athlete, a designation given to recruits who could play multiple positions in college, and No. 187 overall in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks Turner as the No. 23 athlete. When the Irish offered Turner in May, Rivals pegged him as a three-star recruit and the No. 82 wide receiver in the class.

The weekend Turner visited Notre Dame in June has been fruitful for the Irish. Four-star running back Kyren Williams, four-star offensive guard Zeke Correll and three-star quarterback Brendon Clark also joined Notre Dame’s class after making official visits that weekend.

If Turner does join the Irish class, he would become the third recruit to commit to Notre Dame after previously committing to another school in the class. Bertrand and Clark were committed to Georgia and Wake Forest, respectively, before joining Notre Dame’s class.

Turner and four-star defensive end Isaiah Foskey are the remaining uncommitted targets the Irish would like to add to their class of 21 recruits.

Turner will play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 5 alongside three Notre Dame commits: defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah, offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic and punter Jay Bramblett. Foskey will also play in the game.

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