How cold-calling Iowa helped Josh Turner become a Hawkeye, Mike Gesell becomes a Danish League champion and more
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Who is this?
About a year ago, Josh Turner pulled up the internet and typed Iowa football into his computer. He went to the team’s website and found the main phone number for the team facility.
To gauge the Hawkeyes’ interest in him as a prospect, the Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback took the recruiting to the team. Turner cold-called the Hawkeyes to learn where he stood with them.
“I wanted to figure out what was going on,” said Turner, a 3-star 247Sports Composite prospect who signed with Iowa in February.
Aiming to be proactive, Turner also knew he was getting a little jumpy with the recruiting process. Offers were slow to come in. He talked with plenty of teams, but he wanted to see if Iowa’s interest was genuine.
Earlier in the spring, defensive coordinator Phil Parker visited Turner during practice and the two hit it off. Head coach Kirk Ferentz sent Turner some letters.
But a few weeks passed after the Parker visit and no one called him. So he dialed them. He explained his situation to the secretary and was put in touch with his recruiting contact, linebackers coach Seth Wallace.
Turner heard what he hoped to hear from Wallace — Iowa’s interest was sincere. One of his coaches, C.J. Jones, was an Iowa defensive back in the 2000s and sold Turner on the continuity of the program and playing for Ferentz, Parker and strength coach Chris Doyle.
Turner also researched the Hawkeyes and was surprised to learn about the team’s success under Ferentz.
“They have a track record,” Turner said. “The results are there as far as putting people in the NFL and getting Big Ten championships.”
Iowa and Turner kept in touch through the summer before his senior year. While on a Wisconsin visit in June, Iowa director of recruiting Tyler Barnes sent Turner a text. Upon finding out Turner was in the area, Barnes convinced him to visit the Hawkeyes the next day.
Iowa offered Turner upon his arrival in Iowa City and he committed in August. And perhaps none of it happens if Turner doesn’t cold-call the Hawkeyes.
“This was something I wanted to consider,” Turner said. “So I reached out to them. They offered and from there it all kind of rolled.”
Time to rock some Queen
Former Iowa G Mike Gesell and his Danish team, the Bakken Bears, won a league championship this week.
— SSC Basketball (@cardsbball) May 8, 2017
Gesell started at point guard for Bakken and averaged 10.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.5 rebounds this season, according to eurobasketball.com.
With the championship, Bakken qualifies for the Basketball Champions League, designed to be a hardwood equivalent of the UEFA Champions League in European soccer.
— Bakken Bears (@bakkenbears) May 9, 2017
Tracey Griesbaum trial update
Iowa is seeking to postpone the employment discrimination lawsuit filed by former field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, the Cedar Rapid Gazette’s Erin Jordan reported Tuesday.
The trial was set to begin on June 5 in Polk County and was scheduled to last approximately 10 days. Iowa asked for the delay because it wants more time to prepare a defense because the university expects the trial to last more than 10 days.
A jury awarded former Iowa athletic administrator Jane Meyer $1.4 million last Thursday in her a gender and sexual discrimination suit. The Meyer trial had 12 days of testimony.
Griesbaum was fired in 2014.
Learning about Iowa’s latest offer
The Hawkeyes extended a series of offers on in recent days. Ivan Thomas, a 2018 wide receiver, was the first to announce his offer, doing so on Tuesday.
Bless to receive an offer from Iowa??????? pic.twitter.com/zE2nIwnIIr
— Ivan Thomas (@Panther4life15) May 9, 2017
Thomas, a 3-star 247Sports Composite prospect, plays for Miami Palmetto High School and stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 200 pounds. Here are his Hudl highlights.
A pair of St. Thomas Aquinas wide receivers picked up offers, as well. Cole Caterbone, a 2018 prospect, tweeted out his news about Iowa on Wednesday.
— Cole Caterbone (@cole_caterbone) May 10, 2017
The 6-foot, 170-pound Caterbone is not rated by 247Sports. Here are his Hudl highlights.
Shortly after Caterbone, teammate and 2019 WR Teriq Phillips tweeted out his offer. He, too, isn’t rated by 247Sports. Here are his Hudl highlights.
— Teriq™ (@ochostylin) May 10, 2017
Caterbone and Phillips are teammates of incoming Iowa RB Kyshaun Bryan, who picked up some advice from Akrum Wadley at the spring game.