After the Ohio State football team’s scrimmage on Saturday, Urban Meyer gathered his team to share some news.
Receiver Elijaah Goins and linebacker Zach Turnure had been awarded scholarships for this season, Meyer said, prompting their teammates to mob Goins and Turnure in celebration.
Two days later, the seniors were still stunned.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, 100,” Goins said on Monday. “It was a surprise to me, like it was everyone out there. I didn’t know what to say. I was like, ‘Did he really just say that? Elijaah Goins is on scholarship?’ I was like, ‘It must be real.’ I’m still in awe, even though it’s two days later.”
Hard work produces positive results here at Ohio State! Congratulations to @ZachTurnure25 for earning a scholarship!#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/JkHXZlmCVe— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 12, 2017
Doesn't get much better than this. Congratulations to @WorkHardSleepEz for earning a well-deserved scholarship!#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/a3Yu5ZqWoz— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 12, 2017
For both players, a football scholarship is the culmination of a long journey full of twists. Goins, a state champion hurdler as a high schooler in North Carolina, started his OSU tenure as a safety, switched to cornerback and now is at receiver. Turnure, a linebacker, was once a scholarship athlete at Ohio State — in lacrosse.
But after playing for the Buckeyes as a freshman, the St. Louis native decided to put down his lacrosse stick and give up his scholarship to switch sports.
“I love both sports and played both my whole life,” Turnure said. “I just missed football so much. I wanted to get back on the field and give it a shot.”
Saturday’s announcement was proof to Turnure that he’d made the right call.
“It felt like all the hard work, the hard decision I made, the whole journey along the way was just totally worth it,” he said. “It was an amazing feeling.”
Turnure’s parents were in town for the scrimmage.
“My mom was bawling,” he said. “They were just as excited as I was because they were with me all along the journey.”
When Goins called his mom, who now lives in Texas, she screamed in joy.
“Her reaction was priceless,” he said. “It was truly a blessing.”
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