The former Trigg County High School football standout and University of Kentucky signee had planned on enrolling in Lexington Community College until he became academically eligible to play at UK.
That changed Thursday when Turner’s cell phone rang.
"I said this can mean only one thing," Turner told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Joker said, 'Did you hear the good news? You've been cleared; you need to be up here by 1 o'clock tomorrow.'”
Turner had been awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse on whether he'd be eligible to play in 2005. The good news came last week, and he was told to report to Lexington because there was an open scholarship spot for this season.
Turner had worked out with his UK teammates over the summer and had took part in the Kentucky/Tennessee All-Star Football game in June.
He then came back to Trigg County before getting ready to enroll at LCC.
Now, Turner has some catching up to do in the Wildcat camp.
"The other freshmen have a head start on me because they know the plays, and I don't know any of them," Turner told the Herald-Leader. “It’s going to take a bit to catch up.”
Turner was able to begin practice at midweek because of the NCAA's five-day acclimation rule.
Turner was an All-State lineman for Trigg County last year, helping Trigg County to a 10-2 record last year. He is the first Wildcat to play at UK in 11 years.