Irish Offer Jamel Turner

Turner hung out with Dan McCarthy over the weekend

People in the past have told Jamel Turner how beautiful Notre Dame is, but other than that, the standout class-of-2010 defensive end/outside linebacker from Youngstown, Ohio, didn't know much about the school.

That all changed this past weekend.

Jamel Turner made his first-ever trip to Notre Dame on an unofficial visit for the Irish's 35-17 victory over Michigan. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Turner made the ride with a coach on the Ursuline High staff.

"Before this trip, I hadn't really watched Notre Dame," Turner said. "I thought their team played with a lot of energy. I really liked their team. I hadn't really watched them and it was impressive the type of show they put on out there.

Turner also liked the atmosphere.

"It was amazing. I liked the pushups the students were doing, they were throwing people up in the air. Everything was cool. I didn't think it would be so wild. Everything was intense."

On the drive into South Bend, Turner's coach was telling him about things like Touchdown Jesus and the Golden Dome.

"They had nice facilities," Turner said. "I liked everything I saw."

Turner's trip has him definitely interested in the Irish, which is a good thing considering Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis offered him a scholarship before the game.

"He just told me how interested the coaching staff was in recruiting me, and he offered me a scholarship and said he'd be sending me it in the mail," Turner recapped. He also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, Akron, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Carolina. "He just told me I was the type of person they like to bring into Notre Dame and that's why he offered me a scholarship."

As a sophomore, Turner racked up an amazing 23 sacks in helping Ursuline reach the Division-V State Championship game.

Turner and his coach stayed the night in South Bend before heading back to Ohio on Sunday. So that Saturday night, Turner caught up with Notre Dame freshman safety Dan McCarthy, who he knows and played against in the past.

"He told me about the school, I asked him a couple questions about coaches, just talked a little bit," Turner said.

"I asked about coach Weis because he is the head coach, and because that kind of tells what type of a coaching staff he brings in. He said that coach Weis was the truth. That he's his favorite coach, and he's not going to lie to me. He's going to tell me what's real, what's what."

It's early in the recruiting process and Turner said he doesn't have any favorites.

"Honestly, I'm looking at mainly schools around, not specifically in Ohio, but in the area. Not too far, but no too close to where I live."

Now that Turner has visited Notre Dame, the Irish program is one of them.

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