Wednesday was a pretty good day overall for Washington football, but one of the Huskies’ top commits remains unsigned. A late push from Notre Dame is to blame.
Four-star safety Asa Turner, one of the top-ranked members of the Huskies’ class, remains committed to UW. He did not, however, send in a letter of intent with the opening of the early signing period yesterday.
Turner is continuing to consider his options, according to his high school program. He is believed to be down to Washington and Notre Dame.
Football signing day at Carlsbad High School Carlos Harrison will be a Cowboy at the University of Wyoming, Duke Paane a Midshipman at the Naval Academy and Asa Turner announced that he will take some more time to make his final decision. #chslancers #cusdlearns. pic.twitter.com/lgMRroMBO1
— Carlsbad HS Lancers (@CarlsbadLancers) December 19, 2018
To many recruiting experts, Notre Dame is now a favorite to flip Turner.
247‘s crystal ball only has four predictions in for him, but three of those voters think he will head to Notre Dame at the end of the day.
With Asa Turner unsigned, Chris Petersen could not address his situation directly, but he was clearly annoyed with the late Notre Dame push.
During his press conference, he bemoaned “vultures” and a worsening recruitment process for committed players.
From The Seattle Times:
“I think about three or four years ago, or certainly when I first got here, I felt zero (suspense),” Petersen said Wednesday afternoon. “Like the night before, I didn’t think about it twice. … And I think as the recruiting situation has — I’m trying to think of the right words — gotten worse, it can be painful. The vultures and the lowdown tactics that (are) going on behind closed doors — now I think about it a little bit more than I did.”
Of course, Washington recruits committed players who may be open to a flip like anyone else, and this is exactly what we have an early signing period.
Players who are 100-percent certain on their decisions can lock in spots in December. Turner clearly isn’t there, so he deserves the right to make an informed decision, even if it takes until National Signing Day in February, or beyond.
Turner is the No. 297 player in the class. Still counting him in the fold, Washington football has the No. 15 2019 recruiting class as of today.