Michigan High on Calif. JC Cornerback

It's not often that the University of Michigan football program looks to the junior college ranks to fill its recruiting needs. However, U-M cornerbacks coach Ron Lee has taken a serious interest in one speedy California JC player, and the interest is mutual.

Woodny Turenne was a star coming out of Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with speed being the main ingredient in his arsenal. In his senior year of high school he finished second in the 100 and 200-meter track events. However, he didn't have the grades to make it at four-year college and decided to head across the country to play for a familiar coach at the College of Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. "I knew of coach (Andy) Seigal because he coached my two cousins," Turenne said. Seigal was the offensive coordinator at Dodge City Community College in Kansas before taking the same position last year at COS.

The 6-foot-0, 180-pound speedster - he was named the top male athlete at the Northern California Track Championships after posting a winning time of 10.34 in the 100 and 20.84 in the 200 - has done the work in the classroom and is now being recruited by some of the top four-year college football programs in the country. "Florida, Michigan, UCLA, Nebraska, and USC have offered and are the schools recruiting me the hardest," Turenne said. "Coach Lee was out here looking at me in the spring and I hear from him a lot. I haven't decided whether I'll take a visit to Michigan, but I like that they are showing a lot of interest."

Turenne does have one official visit set. He will head home the weekend of Sept. 30 to visit the campus of the University of Florida. The Gators take on Alabama that weekend. "I don't have any other official visits set up at this time," he said. "I may take visits to Nebraska and Ole Miss."

Woodny is being recruited at the cornerback position, where he now plays for the Giants. However, that wasn't the position he played in high school. "I mostly played receiver and safety," he said. "They taught me how to play corner when I got (to COS)."

A decision will come after a few visits. "I'm in no hurry," Turenne said. "My family is back in Florida and they would like me to come home, but they are leaving the decision up to me and I'm leaving my options open at this time."

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