The 6-6, 314-pound freshman became eligible to play at the University of Kentucky in August after a scholarship became available and he was cleared by the NCAA Academic Clearinghouse.
Turner had originally planned to enroll at Lexington Community College and then enroll at UK in January, becoming what is called a “grayshirt” and not using any eligibility this year.
However, Turner said that short will likely turn red now.
“I’m going to be redshirted this year,” Turner said. “It’s a good thing. It will let me adjust to college and playing football there.”
Turner will wear #65 at UK.
Turner isn’t the only former Wildcat who is suiting up at the college level. There are no less than five former Wildcats on college rosters this fall.
Shane Patterson, who played center for Trigg County last year, is a defensive lineman at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.
Patterson, a 6-0, 231-pound freshman, played in the Panthers’ season-opening loss to North Park and assisted on a tackle for loss. He wears #52 for the Panthers.
Meanwhile, Frank Russell is listed as a defensive back for the University of the Cumberlands in eastern Kentucky, formerly Cumberland College.
Russell, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman, wears #39 for the Patriots and could get a chance to meet up with Patterson on Sept. 24 when UOC plays at Kentucky Wesleyan.
The following week, UOC hosts Campbellsville University, where former Wildcat Jake Wallace is going to school.
Wallace, a 6-0, 160-pound freshman, is listed as a defensive back for the Tigers and wears #49.
Trey Diggs, who last played for the Wildcats in 2003, and Steven Wadlington are at Minnesota West Junior College in Worthington, Minnesota.
One player who will add to that total is Wildcat lineman Jeffery Adams, who traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday to make an official visit to the University of Nebraska campus.
Nebraska was the first school to make Adams an official scholarship offer. Since then, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Tennessee have followed suit.
“I’d rate them about an 8 or 8.5 right now,” Adams described the Cornhuskers on a scale to ten.
Nebraska put on a good show for Adams, beating Wake Forest 31-3 Saturday to move to 2-0 on the season.
Adams and teammate Taylor McGee also attended the Kentucky-Louisville football game over Labor Day weekend, but did not make an official visit to the campus.
When asked what he was more impressed with, the game or the UK campus, Adams replied “the game.”
Doesn’t sound like good news to Wildcat head coach Rich Brooks, who was the fourth school to officially offer Adams a scholarship.
If Trigg County makes it to Louisville for the state football finals, their game will be played on Saturday as opposed to Friday as has been the case in years past.
The schedule of games for the 2005 KHSAA State Football Finals, set to be played at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Dec. 2-3 has been tweaked.
The format will be a single night game on Friday, followed by a triple-header on Saturday.
The Class 4A Championship will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday’s schedule begins with the Class 3A game at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Class 2A game at 3:30 p.m., and the Class A game at 7:30 p.m.
According to the KHSAA, this will not be the first time the state finals has had a triple-header day format. Most recently in 1995, the Class A, AA, and AAA were played on Friday, followed by the AAAA game on Saturday.
Throughout the years until the late 90s, three games were played on Friday with the fourth on Saturday.
Trigg County moved up another spot to #6 in this week’s Bluegrasspreps.com Class 2A Football Poll, released each week by the web site.
In the computer-generated Massey Ratings, Trigg County dropped a spot to #5 in rankings.
In the year’s first Associated Press football poll released last week, Trigg County was ranked #5.
Fort Campbell was the #1 team in all three outlets.
However, the credibility of the AP Poll took a hit when it showed Webster County receiving two votes in the 2A Poll. This is the same Webster County team that was 0-2 and lost to a McLean County team that was winless last year.
Trigg County has had four 100-yard rushing games this year – two from quarterback Tommy Woodall and one apiece from Devin Tejada and Scotty Mayes.
One player from last year’s Wildcat team expected to contribute this year is having a stellar season 40 miles west of Trigg County.
Junior Jon Wilson, who rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns as a Wildcat reserve last year, has moved into the starting tailback slot at Murray.
Wilson rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns in Murray’s win over Calloway County two weeks ago and added three more scores in Murray’s 48-21 loss to Hopkins County Central last week.
Wilson transferred to Murray earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats saw another familiar face across the field Friday at Reidland.
Sophomore Kenny Turner, who played on Trigg County’s freshman team last year, returned a kickoff for 11 yards against the Wildcats Friday.
Hurricane Katrina has caused all sorts of havoc in the Gulf Coast region, and it has trickled down to high school athletics.
With so many high schools damaged and destroyed, dozens of blue-chip high school players have scattered across the Southeast in the storm’s aftermath.
Those players who were hoping to put together a stellar senior season before committing to a college will be the most affected, recruiting analyst Bobby Burton told CNN.com.
“The kids that were the up-and-coming seniors that were hoping to have a great senior season and play their way into a scholarship -- that's who it hits the hardest," Burton told the website. "With recruiting accelerating so much, having commitments prior to a senior year, the coaches aren't going to have enough video on kids from the New Orleans area to make that assessment.”
Some of the best players on the recruiting lists have relocated to Atlanta, Houston, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Some have even found their way to Kentucky.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has granted immediate eligibility to any athlete forced to relocate to the state because of Hurricane Katrina.
While it isn’t known how many athletes have moved to the Commonwealth from the Gulf Coast region, two of the state’s premier football programs did gain an evacuee in the process.
The nephew of Class A power Danville assistant coach Vaughn Little evacuated before the storm hit Louisiana.
Little’s sister was a probation and parole officer in New Orleans, according to the Danville Advocate-Messenger and isn’t sure when she will return to Louisiana.
Meanwhile, Brooks Evans, a 5-10, 250-pound junior who can bench press 290 pounds, expects to fit in well with the Admirals, who were ranked third in last week’s Bluegrasspreps.com Class A poll.
Just up the road in Lexington, Henry Clay welcomed Scott Ward to their team.
Ward is a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle who started three years at St. Paul’s High School in Covington, La. and was rated the 57th best college prospect in Louisiana by one recruiting service.
Ward, his mother, and two brothers came to Lexington where his grandmother and step-grandmother live, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ward’s father stayed in Louisiana to sort through the damage.
Ward saw plenty of action in Henry Clay’s 41-38 double-overtime win at Christian County last week. Henry Clay was ranked fifth in last week’s Bluegrasspreps.com Class 4A football poll.
A phone call to Trigg County Athletic Director Taylor Sparks last Friday revealed that several students have enrolled in school here, but none have requested athletic eligibility information, and he doesn’t expect any to.
While no prep football stars have found their way to Trigg County from Louisiana, Sparks did say that he is working on the eligibility of two foreign exchange students for the school year.
Sparks said a female exchange student from Germany has requested to play volleyball, while an exchange student from Denmark has requested to play boys’ soccer.
Sparks is hoping to hear from the KHSAA this week.
The exchange students would only have one year of athletic eligibility regardless of what class they are in, according to KHSAA rules.
When did radio broadcasts of high school football games become so commercialized?
There used to be sponsor-specific elements of the show, such as the pregame and post game show.
Now, everything is sponsored – kickoffs, first downs, extra points, and punts to name a few.
I’m waiting for a laundry mat to sponsor a penalty flag or a hospital to sponsor an injury time out.
You can’t follow the game because every game action includes a mini-commercial for a restaurant, insurance agency, or car dealer.
It’s almost like listening to an interview with the driver of a NASCAR race when he runs off the list of sponsors that got him to victory lane.
I do think it’s great that local businesses want to be involved in supporting their school’s football games. It’s just too bad you can’t TiVo a radio broadcast.
Scott Brown is the sports editor for the Cadiz Record. He can be reached at email@example.com.