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Brian Kelly Heading To California For Visit With 4-Star LB Asa Turner

An extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Notre Dame has been heavily recruiting four-star linebacker Asa Turner, to the chagrin of Washington.

Turner committed to UW back in July. However, he has since opened things up, largely due to Notre Dame's push.

That drew the ire of Chris Petersen back in December, when Turner was the only player to not sign during the early signing period.

Petersen couldn't directly address Turner or ND, but it was clear what he was referring to during his press conference that day.

From The Seattle Times:

“I think about three or four years ago, or certainly when I first got here, I felt zero (suspense),” Petersen said Wednesday afternoon. “Like the night before, I didn’t think about it twice. … And I think as the recruiting situation has — I’m trying to think of the right words — gotten worse, it can be painful. The vultures and the lowdown tactics that (are) going on behind closed doors — now I think about it a little bit more than I did.”

Things remain down to Notre Dame and Washington for Asa Turner, and Brian Kelly is ramping things up.

He and two of his top assistants are heading out West to visit Turner. From 247Sports:

Per Irish Illustrated and 247Sports sources, Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Clark Lea and special teams coordinator Brian Polian are expected to make their way to Carlsbad, Calif., for an in-home visit with four-star linebacker Asa Turner. This is a huge visit, as the 6-4, 200-pounder is one of a handful of prospects still on Notre Dame’s board in the class of 2019.

Notre Dame now seems to be the favorite to land Turner, at least per the 247 write-up and the site's crystal ball, where 71-percent of analysts have him heading to South Bend.

That sample size is small though, and Washington was obviously in on him first here. There'll definitely be some drama here as we approach National Signing Day in a few weeks.