Iowa adds three-star DB Josh Turner to 2017 haul

Chris Cuellar

If Iowa commit Eno Benjamin is half as good at running back as he is at recruiting buzz, the class of 2017 is ready.

As the Wylie, Texas running back predicted with a Twitter post Wednesday afternoon, the Hawkeyes added a three-star recruit Thursday in defensive back Josh Turner from Delray Beach, Fla.

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz  addresses the media during the Big Ten football media day at  the Hyatt Regency.

Turner is a 6-foot, 175-pound rising senior at American Heritage School and visited Iowa City for the second time last week. With more than 20 offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Purdue, Army, South Florida and Boston College, the consensus three-star cornerback announced his verbal commitment on Twitter.

“After long consideration I know where I want to be,” Turner wrote. “With that being said I have committed to the University of Iowa.”

Turner is believed to be the 16th commit for Iowa’s 2017 group. The defensive back class currently includes four-star Chevin Calloway from Dallas, Matt Hankins from Dallas suburb Flower Mound, and Djimon Colbert of Mission, Kan. rates Turner as the No. 13 cornerback in Florida. He visited Iowa City in June and put the Hawkeyes on his top list over the summer. American Heritage’s head coach for Turner’s senior season will be former Miami Dolphins defensive back Patrick Surtain.

"They've been very persistent and patient with me," Turner told Scout. "They're coming off one of the best seasons they've ever had, so there's a lot of guys they could be going after, but they kind of shut it down and left that spot for me."

Benjamin has been a well-documented recruiting catalyst for his senior class. He added another victory to his prospect outreach as Turner promptly announced his decision at 3:30 p.m., just as Benjamin predicted.

Iowa's 2017 class is currently ranked No. 20 by the 247Sports composite and fourth in the Big Ten.