Who said there wouldn’t be any drama for Notre Dame on the early Signing Period on Wednesday? While the Irish class was thought to be just about wrapped up for months and the Irish went a perfect 21 for 21 with signatures today, they could still be inline for a 22nd. Asa Turner, the 4-star safety from California who had been committed to Washington, is reportedly torn between Notre Dame and Washington and decided to not make a final decision today after having a previously scheduled signing ceremony.
Turner was scheduled to sign earlier today, but while some of his teammates made their decisions, Turner instead announced that he would be taking more time to make his final decision.
He told Prep Pigskin Report that he will be making his decision in the next couple of days or even late tonight.
— Prep Pigskin Report (@KUSIPPR) December 20, 2018
With the early Signing Day period, he has until Friday to sign his letter of intent. If he is still undecided then, he will have to wait until the traditional February signing period.
Notre Dame has been working on Turner for a while even after his committed to Washington. When Notre Dame traveled to San Diego to take on Navy, Irish coaches made the quick drive to Carlsbad to take in Turner’s game that weekend.
Obviously this turn of events is a very positive sign for Notre Dame who would love to add a defensive playmaker like Turner if they are able to. While he is listed as a safety, at 6-4, 215 lbs already, he has the looks of a potential stud ROVER. 247 Sports ranks him as the #297 overall prospect in the country in their composite rankings.
Notre Dame signed three linebackers already in this class with Hawaiian native Marist Liufau another candidate for ROVER though it’s believed he will could ultimately grow into a BUCK. With Turner’s background as a safety, he would bring the cover skills needed for ROVER and has a frame capable of packing on weight too.
It will be interesting to see how this one plays out and what Notre Dame ends up doing with it’s roster should he send in a letter of intent to Notre Dame. Brian Kelly said on Wednesday that they have room to still add to this year’s class when asked at his press conference, but as is, the Irish will have to have some roster attrition to get under 85 by summer.
Notre Dame is also still recruiting 4-star DE/TE Isaiah Foksey and you better believe that the staff will find a way to make room for a pass rusher like him as well if he wants to join in February.