Monday, June 21, 2010

TURNER NOW IN STABLE CONDITION

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio State 2010 recruit Jamel Turner, who was shot multiple times in Youngstown early Saturday morning, has been upgraded to critical, but stable condition.

(left, photo of Jamel Turner)

Turner is currently at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. His family has requested that no more information be released about his medical issues at this time.

Turner played football at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 2009, after being ruled ineligible to participate in athletics at Ursuline High School following his junior season.

It is unknown whether Turner was going to be eligible to enroll at Ohio State this season.

Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel, who has been quiet about Turner's status with the team in recent months, did issue a statement about the shooting on Saturday.

"I'm so sad to hear of Jamel's misfortune," Tressel said. "I have not communicated with Jamel, but am certainly praying for him at this time."

This is the second time in the past two months that Turner has been the victim of a shooting. In April, Turner was shot twice when a car pulled along side the automobile he was riding in and opened fire, catching the Buckeye recruit in the ankle and hip. The injuries that were not serious.

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