Feb. 6—Blake Turner had all but removed college football as a possibility for himself.
One of two things weren’t lining up with all of the schools the Stewartville senior was considering, either the academics not meeting his desires, or the football.
But then, out of the blue, came a phone call from Kansas State University.
Now, this could be a match for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound rangy and fast tight end. KSU has the academic major that Turner covets, Agribusiness. Turner wants to run his family’s farm after he graduates.
They also play a little bit of football at Kansas State. It’s Power-Five, Division-I style, in the Big 12 Conference.
When Turner received a call from Wildcats assistant coach Brian Lepak on Jan. 20, wondering if he’d be interested in joining the program as a preferred walk-on, he was floored. No way did he see this coming.
“That blew my mind,” said Turner, who’d filled out a recruiting form from Kansas State way back in the fall, but hadn’t heard a thing from the program since. “I got super excited.”
One week later, he was in the family car with his parents, Bruce and Amie Turner, driving the 530 miles to Manhattan, Kan., to get a close-up look at what the school and its football program had to offer. One day later, he was “all in,” giving the Wildcats a verbal commitment to join their team.
On Wednesday, alongside Stewartville senior football teammates Ayden Helder and Caleb Jannsen in the Stewartville gymnasium, Turner will make his commitment to Kansas State official on National Signing Day. Quarterback Helder and linebacker Jannsen are headed to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Winona State University, respectively. That trio helped lead Stewartville to the Class 3A state championship this fall.
Turner, Helder and Jannsen are among a long list of southeastern Minnesota players putting their…
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Author : Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.
Publish date : 2024-02-07 01:02:00
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