Turene Keeping his Options Open

Three-star linebacker Kent Turene, from Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson, is still committed to USC but he is making sure his options stay open and he's taking the time to give some other schools a long, hard look. Those other schools are Florida, LSU, and Georgia.

The 6-3, 230-pound Turene is fresh off a visit to Florida where he watched the Gators get stomped by South Carolina. Despite the loss, Turene said the visit was a positive one and he's looking forward to future time at UF.

"It was a great experience. I got a feel for Florida fans and the players and coaches. I really enjoyed my time and the stadium was crazy for the beginning of the game. It was a tough loss but they are a young team and they need improvement. I think they will get back on track."

Kent Turene said he can't ignore the opportunity to play early at UF considering some holes in the linebacking corps.

"The opportunity to play as a freshman is definitely a good thing. I could see myself being a great player in that defense and working hard. I talked to Coach Z (Zach Azzanni) tonight and he was saying how they need me to come in and make a difference. I'll come for an official visit to UF the first week of January."

Turene said he's also very interested in LSU and has been especially impressed with the Tigers' defensive performance this season.

"I spent some time there this summer and really enjoyed it. I got to visit with players and coaches and saw the facilities so that was great. I really like Billy Gonzales. I talk to him a lot. This year LSU's defense has looked great and they are one of the best in the SEC. I really want to play on a great defense like that."

Georgia is another school in the mix for Turene and it turns out he has special ties to the Bulldogs.

"I grew up in Georgia so I feel at home there. I was always a Bulldogs fan growing up. I think they have a great coaching staff too."

And as for the school he's still committed to, USC:

"I still have a good feeling about USC and I love the area and the coaches. I'm not really too worried about the sanctions because they told me it wouldn't affect me that much as far as playing."

Speaking of playing, many coaches and fans have suggested moving Turene from linebacker to defenseive end on the next level. Turene says no thanks to that option.

"I want to stay at linebacker. I feel really aggressive at that position and I like to hit people hard there and do what I want to do."

Turene will take his official visits to UF, LSU and Georgia in January but he has a few stops to make in the meantime. This weekend he will head to the Miami/Virginia Tech game.

"Miami isn't too much of a factor in my recruitment but I do talk to them sometimes."

The following week, Turene will check out the Florida State/Florida game in Tallahassee.

"I'm excited for that one because it's a rivalry and all. I talk to Jimbo Fisher some so it will be good to see all them."
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