Ohio State recruit Jamel Turner was wounded in a shooting late Friday night in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.
According to police reports, Turner was shot in his ankle and hip while traveling in a car along Interstate 680. His injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening. Turner was the passenger in the car, and the driver also suffered a gunshot wound to his hand.
WYTV Channel 33 in Youngstown reported that a bag of marijuana and two handguns were found in the car Turner rode in. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the driver of the car, 32-year-old Ramses Terry, has been arrested several times for gun and drug crimes.
Turner, a defensive end who signed with Ohio State in February, has a troubled past. After being declared academically ineligible at Ursuline High School in Youngstown, he transferred to Fork Union Military Academy, only to be dismissed last month. Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said Turner has been working to complete his high school degree so he can enroll at Ohio State this summer.
Turner told the Ohio State blog Eleven Warriors last week that he looked forward to a fresh start in Columbus.
Asked to give a message to Ohio State fans, Turner told Eleven Wariors, "Don’t count me out, but count on me because I’m hungry and I want it. I won't fail the Buckeye Nation."