As of early Thursday morning, Nebraska has offered 337 reported scholarships in the 2019 recruiting class. Tacorey Turner is not one of those 337, but he might be No. 338. He might even be No. 500, at this rate. But it does not matter to him. He just wants to get that Big Red offer.
The Montgomery, Ala., native visited the Huskers for the spring game on April 21, along with his high school teammate and 2018 signee Cam Taylor, the incoming defensive back
“I’m excited to show him a good time,” Taylor told Land of 10 leading into the visit.
And Turner certainly enjoyed himself, he said.
“It was amazing,” he told Land of 10. “I really loved the fans up there at Nebraska. I really loved the fans. They showed me a great time.”
Being there with Taylor only made the trip better. He hung out with his Park Crossing teammate and used part of the trip to grow closer to him. Turner almost exclusively hung out with Taylor’s fellow members of the 2018 class in attendance, such as Casey Rogers, Cam’ron Jones and Corbin Frederick.
“They were pretty cool dudes,” Turner said.
Up until this past season, when Taylor was a senior and Tacorey one year behind him, the two did not have much more than a cordial relationship.
“It was awesome [getting to know Cam],” Turner said. “I really just met Cam this year. Me and him just got closer than what we were, because he played offense, I play defense.”
Now, with the Huskers owning the top spot in his recruitment, there’s just one dilemma keeping him from signing up to trail Taylor to Lincoln — that pesky offer.
It’s something Turner intends on chasing down. He talked to defensive backs coach Travis Fisher following the spring game. Fisher promised Turner he would stop by during the evaluation period and he did, just a couple of weeks ago.
“[Fisher] was the one who gave me a call later on,” Turner said.
That phone call was a pivotal step in Turner’s recruitment. Fisher had only positive comments about what he watched from Turner on the field. A commendable report was headed to Frost’s desk. Once Fisher received word — essentially whenever they talked next — he’d call Turner with an offer.
The latter correspondence has not yet occurred. Turner still waits.
“I hope I get that offer,” Turner said. “It would mean a lot.”
An offer would pull at the heartstrings of a close family connection.
“My granddad, he’s a Nebraska fan,” Turner said. “That would mean a lot.”
Granddad remembers Tom Osborne’s teams of the 1990s, with current coach Scott Frost as the legendary coach’s quarterback. Turner’s grandfather would never pass his love of the Huskers to him, but there’s a natural affinity for Big Red in his blood.
Obviously, Turner is not the only person in his family to crave a Huskers offer.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll love it,” Turner guesses of his grandfather’s reaction, already knowing the answer.
Troy, Memphis, UAB and Jacksonville State are four of the seven programs to offer Turner. Those are the schools recruiting him hardest, he said. But Nebraska is the biggest school — and the only Power 5 — to show significant interest so far.
“Nebraska is my best [school],” Turner said.
Linking up with Taylor again is certainly a draw to Nebraska. Turner has plans to see his new friend in a few month’s time; he will be back in Memorial Stadium for the Troy game on Sept. 15. He’s already expecting his favorite fans in the country to turn it up a notch.
“I know it’ll be different from last time,” Turner said. “I’m pretty sure there’s going to be way more fans. The atmosphere will feel different.”
With those high expectations, Turner will be working hard in pursuit of the offer. The cornerback is a burner with exceptional length on the outside. He said Fisher has raved about his speed to him before.
“They love my speed,” Turner said.
It’s an attractive combination that has yet to yield an offer. One of the improvements Nebraska hopes to see from Turner, and in essence what are stipulations to earn an offer, is an increased physicality. At nearly 6-foot-2, the Huskers could use a big body like Turner’s in man coverage on the perimeter of their 3-4 scheme. But the only chance Turner has of succeeding in a system like that is if he can press receivers and drive the physical aspect of the game. It’s doable, with Turner checking in at 180 pounds.
“I’m a good team leader,” Turner said. “I look out for others, make sure they’re doing it right. I’m just a team player, that’s all.”
Oh, and there’s another thing Fisher seeks from Turner before a scholarship goes his way.
“[Fisher] told me that when I’m going up to the ball, they want me going up with two hands, instead of one hand. For the pick, he wants me to stop trying to catch it with one hand and go with two hands.
“I’ve been working on it.”
And at this point, all signs point to Turner taking a headfirst dive — both hands reaching out — at Nebraska if the Huskers ever come through with an offer.