Saturday, June 2, 2018

4-star Class of 2020 OT Turner Corcoran’s long list of options includes KU

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


It seems just about everywhere Turner Corcoran goes these days he’s met with some variation of the same question.

“Where are you gonna go?”

The 6-foot-6 Free State High offensive lineman’s college recruitment exploded over the past couple of months, as he began receiving scholarship offers from such celebrated programs as Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan and Clemson, making his future a popular topic.

“I do not know yet,” Corcoran, a four-star prospect according to Rivals, will inevitably respond, with a smile. “I’ve still gotta think about that some more.”

In light of the fact Corcoran just completed his sophomore year of high school, there is no reason for him to rush.

“I’m kind of just playing it day by day. Just worrying about (Free State football) and not trying to get too caught up in my own recruitment,” Corcoran said. “But I’ve got time.”


Free State High offensive tackle Turner Corcoran is considered a four-star prospect in the Class of 2020.

Just this past week, Oklahoma State became the latest on a long list of Power Five programs to reach out to Corcoran, an offensive tackle whose current measurements read: 6-foot-6, 285 pounds.

“It was pretty crazy,” the popular prospect said of his spring, which began trending this direction once Kansas State and Iowa State both extended an offer in March. The next month he visited Notre Dame for the Irish’s spring game and picked up another.

“It kind of just blew up from there,” Corcoran outlined. “Everybody just started calling, asking (FSHS coach Bob Lisher) if I could call them. I didn’t know what to do. I was kind of shocked at some of the schools that wanted to talk. But I’ve just gotta keep focusing on football and everything and not get too caught up into it.”

The wow moment that made Corcoran realize the whole affair had reached another level came when he learned of Ohio State’s interest.

“I was like, ‘What?’” he recalled.

Offers from Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Clemson and Oklahoma State would follow.

But Corcoran isn’t ruling out the one that came from Kansas in late April, even if the Jayhawks are far less acclaimed than the other programs in pursuit of the offensive tackle.

With six Free State graduates expected to be on KU’s roster this coming fall, Corcoran said it makes him think longer about joining the Jayhawks.

“Yeah. It’s my hometown. I grew up watching KU football,” he said. “I grew up watching that (2008) Orange Bowl team. It’d be amazing to go and play for my hometown university.”

Corcoran knows incoming KU freshmen offensive linemen Jalan Robinson and Spencer Roe well from their time as teammates at FSHS, and has spoken with junior KU safety and former Firebird Bryce Torneden here and there, as well.

As he continues to ponder his future as a college O-lineman, Corcoran is just happy to have so many options.

“I never would’ve thought this would’ve came during my sophomore year,” he said, “or through my entire recruitment to be honest with you.”


Brett McCabe 4 years, 6 months ago

Hire Jeff Monken or Craig Bohl or Willie Fritz and we might just have a shot - not a good shot, but a shot.

Dane Pratt 4 years, 6 months ago

Probably no coincidence that Tulane renegotiated his contract the day after we fired Zenger.

Bohl has 4 P5 wins during his time at NDSU, all road wins. In 8 seasons Gill-Weis-Bowen-Beaty have managed 5 P5 wins. His payout is $6.5M.

Monken is 51 and I would be concerned he would use us as a stepping stone. Fritz and Bohl are 58 and 59 respectively and given their age seem less likely to leave if and when they are able to turn things around. Both have been largely ignored by P5 teams and both have ties geographically. Seems like they would be good fits for the biggest reclamation project of the 21st century. I’d be happy to get either one.

Ralph Gage 4 years, 6 months ago

KU is an option for anyone-- even those with NO other offers!

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 6 months ago

I imagine we have a strong shot if the program goes the direction of run first. We will know before he has to decide.

[''] 4 years, 6 months ago

KU should have been the FIRST to offer this kid. So much for the great Beaty recruiting machine.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.