Turner accepts offer at UofK
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Kenny Ray Turner has accepted a football scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky.
Kenny Ray Turner has accepted a football scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky.
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While he is an admitted fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Kenny Turner will be wearing the blue and white of Kentucky in 2005.

The junior offensive lineman has verbally committed to U.K. after Wildcat coach Rich Brooks offered him a scholarship during Kentucky's spring practice session April 23.

"He called me into his office before the scrimmage and asked me if I wanted to play football for Kentucky. I told him yes," Turner said.

The 6-7, 270-pound junior anchored Trigg County's offensive line last year, earning All-State honorable mention by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Turner said he was impressed by Kentucky's athletic facilities and Joker Phillips, the coach who recruited him to play for the Wildcats.

"I like him. Joker does a good job, and I like their facilities," he said, adding he already knew several of the players on U.K.'s team from this end of the state.

Turner visited Louisville, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Murray State before settling on the Wildcats.

Higgins said Arkansas, Marshall, and Western Kentucky were also serious about Turner.

"Louisville had the best facilities of the places I visited, but there was something about Kentucky," said Turner, who has yet to meet NCAA qualifications for college entry.

"I'm going to take my SAT over the summer and my ACT after that. I've been working on getting my grades up where they need to be," he said.

Higgins feels a year with U.K.'s strength coordinator could make Turner into a different player in a short amount of time.

"He's got the college body. After a year there, he could be 6-7 and 300 pounds, plus be faster and bigger than he is now," he said.

Turner, the son of Kenny and Jewel Turner, is also an all-district basketball player for the Wildcats. He said he wasn't giving up basketball, but has decided to devote more of his time than usual to football this summer.

"I'm going to some basketball team camps this summer, but I'm also going to be working the weights to get stronger."

Turner turned down a chance to play for one of Eddie Ford's junior all-star teams that travel across the U.S. to concentrate on football.

As one of eight starters returning on both sides of the football for Trigg County this fall, Turner knows he'll be the focal point of blocking schemes by the other teams, especially more since he carries the tag of 'U.K. recruit.'

"He's a good kid. Work ethic is something he doesn't lack in," said Trigg County coach Curtis Higgins.

Turner is the third Wildcat to play for Kentucky in the past 20 years. Both Al Baker (running back) and Robert Stinson (lineman) were starters for the Wildcats in their careers.
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