Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ryan Turman to join Huskies as walk-on
By Mason Kelley
It started with a Facebook message.
Ryan Turman received the note from Washington’s coaching staff early Monday morning. It didn’t say much, just asked the 5-foot-11, 195-pound receiver (Bellevue, Wash./Interlake) to call as soon as he had a chance.
The call led to an offer to join the Huskies’ program as a walk-on next season.
“I was just beyond excited,” Turman said. “It’s just such a relief to know that I can keep playing football, because at first I didn’t know if I was going to be able to. I’ve been talking to a lot of schools, but UW came in first and gave me this opportunity.”
The senior attended every Washington home game this season and, after experiencing life in the locker room, he didn’t hesitate to accept the Huskies’ offer.
“Everything about that school is perfect,” said Turman, whose parents also attended the university. “I’m starting to work out now. Pac-12 football is not the same as high school. I’m going to have to work my butt off. I’m ready for it.”
While Turman has yet to land any scholarship offers, he doesn’t think an offer from another program would change his mind.
“Right now, yeah," he said. "I don’t plan on changing my mind, but who knows? It depends on who comes in and offers. As of now, I’m a Husky.”
Turman is best friends with Washington targets and Bellevue (Wash.) standouts UCLA linebacker commit Myles Jack and 2014 safety Bishard “Budda” Baker. Now that Turman is headed to Washington, he wants his friends to go with him.
“Oh, yeah, for sure,” he said, when asked about trying to convince his friends to become Huskies. “Every day.”
The news of Turman’s invitation spread quickly across Interlake’s campus, creating a hectic but exciting week.
“It’s been crazy,” he said. “People found out at school. Yesterday it was all over Facebook. People were asking me about it today, coming up to me. It’s just going to be a crazy week.”