Turner knows the Florida Gators need defensive backs in 2019

One of the biggest needs for the Florida Gators in the 2019 class is defensive backs as the Gators need depth at the position.

Last month when the Gators hosted junior day, the staff hosted defensive back DJ Turner (5-11, 170, Suwanee, GA. North Gwinnett) on campus.

“I really enjoyed Florida,” Turner said of his junior day visit. “They’re one of my top schools now and I’ll definitely be back soon for another visit.”

This was Turner’s first visit to Gainesville and during the trip he got to talk to several coaches as well as some of the team.

“I spoke with a lot of the coaches,” he said. “I spoke with Coach [Charlton] Warren, Coach [Todd] Grantham and Coach [Dan] Mullen mainly. They showed me around the school and I got time to spend with some of the players on the team.”

Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren explained to Turner the big need for defensive backs and the need to get the corner back on campus more.

“He said that they have a big need at my position,” Turner said of Warren’s message to him. “He said that the loved that me and my family came down and that I need to come back soon.”

Warren and Turner didn’t get into much football talk except for the coach explaining where the defensive back would play at if he chooses Florida.

“He said that I can fit in perfectly to their defensive and to the cornerback position,” he said of what Warren told him about where he would play.

Head coach Dan Mullen also got the chance to speak with Turner during the visit and kept it short but to the point with his message.

“I got to talk to him for a little bit,” Turner said of his talks with Mullen. “He told me that he would love for me to be a Gator.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Florida made a big impression on Turner did the junior day visit and he plans to return for another visit. The cornerback doesn’t have any leaders at this time

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.