November 22, 2011
Turner Baty is not an average JuCo
City College of San Francisco quarterback Turner Baty is a junior college quarterback looking for a Division-I home this winter, and took a visit to Michigan for their game against Nebraska. Whereas most quarterbacks take the junior college route due to academics, that's decidedly not the case for Baty.
With offers from the entire Ivy League, it's clear that Baty's academics were in order coming out of high school. A lack of exposure, however, led to a very thin selection of Division-I scholarships. With a dream to play at a high-level BCS program, Baty decided to take a detour to City College of San Francisco.
City College of San Francisco is currently ranked the No. 3 junior college football team in the nation, according to Rivals.com, and Baty is ready to move on to the next level following a Northern California championship game against Fresno City Community College on Saturday. Thanks to his unconventional junior college experience, he'll have more eligibility than standard junior college transfers.
Michigan is one of the schools he's considering as transfer options. His quarterbacks coach, Tom Martinez, tutored a young Tom Brady before Brady went on to star at Michigan and with the New England Patriots in the NFL. That's not his only connection to Michigan, however.
Baty's visit over the weekend was his first Michigan game in Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines are right in the forefront of his recruitment. USC is also an option, because the Trojans are preparing contingency plans in case starting quarterback Matt Barkley enters the NFL Draft following his junior season. Syracuse is also near the top of Baty's list of options. He doesn't have scholarship offers from any of his favorites yet, but he expects them to come.
Michigan tight ends and special teams coach Dan Ferrigno has been recruiting Baty, and tells him the Wolverines may take a quarterback in the 2012 class if the numbers work out in their favor. Should Michigan offer, they'll be right in the mix for Baty's services.
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