Turner makes up for lost time

Your hear stories of redemption every year and Fullerton RB Kenny Turner (5-10, 205) has one of the best. After some legal troubles as a high schooler, the talented runner has put his life back together and had a huge season for the Hornets this past fall. This weekend he heads out to Hawaii to check out the Warrior football program and he's hoping an offer comes once he meets with the coaches...

Turner prepped at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida and ran into some legal troubles that cause him to miss the next five years of his life.

"I served five years," Turner told JCFootball.com Friday, declining to talk about the specifics of what exactly happened. "I just made some mistakes and I changed things. I was never really that guy (who got in trouble), but I've had to show people over and over I never was that person and definitely I'm not that person anymore."

Turner enrolled at Fullerton in 2008 and was set for a big freshman season, but tore the ACL in his right knee in the first game.

"That was frustrating for me, but I'm back just as strong as I always was," Turner said. "I didn't have to learn how to run again. I'm a natural runner so it was just about getting healthy and stronger and that's what I worked on last summer."

Since he received a medical redshirt in 2008, he hit the field this past fall as a true freshman and had a huge season, posting over 1,500 yards and 18 scores and totaled nearly 2,000 yards of total offense while earning Conference Player of the Year honors and was also named a First Team All-American as well.

"I'm an all around back," Turner said. "I can run inside and get the tough yards or I can go outside and out-run people. I'm also a good receiver, so I can do it all."

This season recruiting had been going well and he had been close to offers from Utah and Arkansas State, but once they found out about his legal troubles they backed away.

"Utah wanted me bad and I was getting close to signing with them, but once they found out about my past they said they couldn't take me," Turner said. "Arkansas State had a trip all set up, but I was thinking they didn't know about things. I'm a man about things and I wanted them to know the full story so I called them up the day before my trip was supposed to happen and told them what happened and they just said they had a policy and they couldn't take me now."

Turner was up front with the Hawaii coaches and even with that knowledge they have continued to recruit him and will fly him out to the Islands this weekend to meet with him face to face.

"They still like me, but I think they want to sit down with me and get to know me better," Turner said. "They haven't said they are going to offer, but they said they like me a lot and really want me in their offense so I'm not really sure what to expect.

"I'm just going to go out and visit and see what happens."

Should Turner not get a D-1 offer he said he will likely take one of the D-2 offers that have come in.

"That isn't what I want to do, but I feel like I've done everything I can do here," Turner said. "I've got a good GPA (2.8) and I'll have my AA in May. I'm not in trouble anymore, I'm older (23) and I put up big numbers after not playing for almost six years.

"I don't want to lose another year so if nothing comes in from a D-1, then I'll go D-2 and do the best I can."

Wherever Turner ends up, he'll have four years to play three should he enroll this summer.

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