I don’t usually write a lot about walkons, but in the case of Ryan Turman, a wide receiver from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington, it seemed worth mentioning that he has signed his letter of intent with the Huskies. Not because it was ever in doubt, quite the opposite. Turman has shown a clear passion and love for the University of Washington and its football program on twitter, and has used that platform to recruit other ’13 prospects heavily over the past few months.
While it’s tough to tell what kind of difference his efforts have made, he has added to the feeling that the 2013 class of recruits is unusually tight-knit. Most of them seem close to one another, and they all seem to feel that they are in the process of building something together. While that’s obviously not uncommon in college football, there is a distinct feeling about this group, and Turman has been a big part of that.
Listed at 6’1″ and 185 pounds, Turman is not rated by any of the major recruiting services and has not been offered a scholarship by any major program, but the perception among some recruiting analysts and fans alike seems to be that he may have been overlooked to a certain degree, and that combined with his recruiting efforts have earned him the admiration of a large portion of the Husky fanbase, and calls for him to be awarded a scholarship have been common.
I do not know if Turman will earn himself a scholarship, or if he will develop into a player capable of seeing the field, but his love for UW and his passion for the game definitely make him someone worth keeping an eye on.