Turene Visits L.A.

The 6-3, 230-pound linebacker made his first visit to USC this past week and the trip to Los Angeles exceeded all of his expectations. Look inside for the details.

The Trojans' linebacker recruiting got a major boost last month with the commitment of Kent Turene, a four-star linebacker from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.

The highly sought after prospect had offers from over 40 schools at the time of his decision, and picked USC, despite never having visited the campus.

"I have been talking to the coaches for a very long time now. I have just been doing all of my research and found out that USC was the right school for me," Turene said back in July. "I got a great feeling from the coaches."

The 6-3, 230-pound linebacker made his first visit to USC this past week and the trip to Los Angeles exceeded all of his expectations.

Kent Turene was recently moved up to a four-star prospect by Scout.com
"It was a great trip and I definitely enjoyed every day of it," he said. "It strengthened my commitment."

While on campus, Turene wanted to learn more about the academics at USC and get an up-close view of the football program. And as he explained, he got answers to all of his questions.

"I learned that it is definitely a great academic program for my major (Accounting)," he said. "I also learned the way that the coaches are and they are one of the best in the nation."

Spending almost an entire week on the West Coast, Turene said he felt welcomed by the entire team and had a good time hanging out with freshmen Nickell Robey, Markeith Ambles and Dillon Baxter.

"I got to experience what it's like being a player and it just blew me away," he said.

One of the main reasons Turene committed to the Trojans was the relationship that he built with Monte Kiffin and Joe Barry during the recruiting process, so the opportunity to spend time with his future coaches was one of the highlights of the trip.

"(Monte) is a great coach and his defense is very disciplined. He's also a very funny guy and he just makes everything better," Turene said. "I also got to spend time with Coach Barry and he is a great teacher. It was just a great experience to be around great coaches.

"Also, they have great practices. Everything is fast tempo and everyone's running to the ball, all eleven to the ball. Everything is just in order."

Another important factor in Turene's recruitment was the opportunity for early playing time, so seeing freshmen like Nickell Robey, Dillon Baxter and Robert Woods having immediate success - and Lane Kiffin's willingness to play those young players was an encouraging sign.

"That's the No.1 thing for me," he said. "I want to come in as a true freshman and be able to start and make a difference."

Turene plans to visit Florida, Georgia and LSU as well as make a return trip to USC for an official visit.

USC commit Kent Turene raved about his visit to USC.

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