Kentucky has reached out to officials looking for options on how it can best offer its condolences to the family of DeAntre Turman, the junior cornerback in Georgia who died unexpectedly after getting hurt in practice over the weekend.
UK isn’t technically allowed to send a letter offering a scholarship to Turman as a junior, but Stoops said it’s one of many ways the team is pondering to honor the recruit.
“We’re asking for some options on things that we’re allowed to do, whether we could just send – you know, we’re not normally allowed to mail an offer letter to somebody that age,” Stoops said of the formal scholarship offer letter. “We’d like to do that. Maybe the father would like to have that as a memento. I think we were the first one to offer him, so we’re looking into some of those things that we’re allowed to do. We’re asking for a waiver in that situation where we could just send it and send some flowers and just let him know we’re thinking about him.”
The 16-year-old was hurt in a scrimmage in Atlanta on Friday night. Several outlets are reporting that he suffered a broken neck while making a tackle, fracturing his third cervical vertebra.
Turman had been to Kentucky’s first camp this summer and had developed a relationship with Cats cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley, Stoops said.
“(I) met him briefly and we offered him, and we were just getting started to recruit him for the next couple years,” Stoops said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, with his dad.”