The Trigg County High graduate and University of Kentucky signee was part of Kentucky’s 41-27 win over the Tennessee All Stars June 17 at Papa Johns Stadium in Louisville.
Turner played on the offensive line in several series in the first half and early third quarter and played alongside some of his future UK teammates such as Hopkinsville’s Curtis Pulley, Belfry’s David Jones, and Murray’s Tim Masthay.
Pulley was named the game’s MVP after throwing for two scores and running for another, while Jones could have made an argument for the award after returning a kickoff for a touchdown, intercepting a pass, and recovering a fumble from his defensive back position.
Turner said he enjoyed his all-star experience, which lasted a week as players and coaches implemented a basic system of offense and defense on the campus of UK.
“The practices here weren’t too much different than what I had done,” Turner said. “It wasn’t too hard to pick up the system, and the win feels great after the week of practice we had.”
Turner also came away impressed with a couple of other players that aren’t UK bound.
“I was impressed with Earl (Heyman of Ballard) and (Central’s James) McKinney,” Turner said. “I went against McKinney in practice, and he whipped my butt at first, but then I held my own against him.”
Heyman is headed to Louisville in the fall, while McKinney is Michigan-bound.
As for Turner, he still plans on greyshirting this fall and enrolling at UK in January.
“That’s my plan, but I don’t know much more than that,” he said, adding that the week of practice in Lexington allowed him to familiarize himself with the UK campus.
He left Sunday to report to UK to get ready for summer drills and conditioning before practice begins next month.
Turner left a good impression on his all-star coach, David Buchanan of Mason County.
“I think he’s going to be a very good football player there. He has got the size, and he’s got all the things it’s going to take to play there,” he said. “He’s going to get stronger and get polished up there. He’s further along than some other guys that have stepped in and done a good job at UK at this point.”
Buchanan also came away from the week in Lexington with a positive outlook for the Kentucky football team that struggled to a 2-9 record in their final year of NCAA probation.
“I’ve been up there all week, and I’ve seen the guys they are recruiting. I’m telling you, patience is going to pay off. They are on the right track,” he said. “UK is going to be fine. We need to leave those coaches and players alone, and they will be OK.”