Defensive back Nolan Turner had one major college scholarship bid from Vistavia Hills High School, so instead of taking a chance at Alabama, where his father, Kevin Turner played, he went to Clemson.
On Friday, Nolan Turner signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an unpolished rookie, following his NFL dad.
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Another former defensive back at Alabama High School also signed an NFL contract on Friday after going without drafting last month. The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the signing of Vanderbilt linebacker Alan George, who has warmed up in Andalusia.
The autographs came as the Bucs and Bengals started their small rookie camps. Cincinnati announced the signing of 16 rookie players without drafting while Tampa Bay scored 13 on Friday.
Turner earned recognition from the second-team All-State slot sports as a senior in the Vestavia Hills, intercepting five passes and receiving four touchdown passes for the Rebels in 2015. Recruited lightly, Turner went to Clemson to play coach Dabo Swinney, who was a classmate of Turner’s father in Alabama.
At Clemson, Nolan Turner played for five seasons after 2016. Safety played in 65 games with the Tigers, and included the All-American team of the American Football Coaches Association for the 2020 season, Turner.
Kevin Turner spent eight seasons in the NFL as a quarterback – 1992 through 1994 with the New England Patriots and 1995 until 1999 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Turner ran for 635 yards and one touchdown on 160 stands and gained 236 passes for 2015 yards and 10 touchdowns. Turner died on March 24, 2016, after a long battle with ALS.
George earned all-nation recognition as a defensive player in 2016, when he intercepted seven passes and returned two shots and one interception to land in Andalusia.
George started at Cornerback for Vanderbilt in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
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