SAN JOSE, CA (WBRC) - Clemson safety Nolan Turner has a lot to play for Monday night in the CFP National Championship Game.
“I know my dad would be proud of me,” the former Vestavia Hills football star said.
Nolan is the son of former Alabama football legend Kevin Turner, who passed away in 2016 after a long battle with ALS.
“At first, I wasn’t going to recruit Nolan, but after some players left, I looked back at his tape and saw he’s fast, twitchy, instinctive, he’s tough. He reminds me a lot of Kevin,” said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
Since Kevin's passing, Dabo, a Pelham native, has been like a father-figure to Nolan.
“He’s definitely special to me. He’s a man of faith and he’s a great role model,” Nolan said.
Although Nolan grew up an Alabama fan, he said Clemson is where he’s supposed to be.
“I am all Clemson and all in. I’m so thankful for this opportunity,” Nolan said.
Alabama and Clemson will play in the CFP National Championship Game for a third time in four years Monday night in Santa Clara.