JC Prospect Woodny Turenne

In a rare recruiting move, UCLA is pursuing a junior college cornerback -- 6-0, 185-pound Woodny Turenne from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, because of a pre-existing relationahip with a new UCLA assistant coach...

Despite a rare year in 2003 when UCLA brought in six junior college transfers, the JC ranks have not been a place that the Bruin staff has spent much time recruiting.

But this year, a Juco prospect, with previous ties to one of the new UCLA coaches, is on the Bruins' radar, and reportedly has a verbal scholarship offer from the Bruin staff.

Cornerback Woodny Turenne (6-0, 185), from College of Sequoias in Visalia, is originally from Stanahan High in Fort Lauderdale, and when he was a prep, new UCLA receiver coach D.J. McCarthy recruited him to Central Florida.

"Coach McCarthy recruited me when he was in Florida and said that the defensive coordinator (DeWayne Walker) watched my tape and said I'm one of their top DBs they're recruiting," Turenne said. "I'm considering going back to Florida, but if staying in California works out for me, I'd be glad to stay there."

Turenne has offers from Ole Miss and Florida and he said verbal offers from UCLA and USC.

After his senior season in 2004, Turenne had offers to choose from between Ole Miss, Minnesota and South Florida. But a low SAT score forced him to take the JC route, and it has paid off, with Turenne now earning more college options.

Now at the College of Sequoias, Turenne is playing for a program that is beginning to crank at solid Division 1 prospects, former teammate Brent Schaefer being one.

With Schaefer signing with Ole Miss, the Rebels have a great shot at getting Turenne's signature, especially when you consider they had offered him out of high school. "I'm looking at Ole Miss a little closer with Brent signing there, and they have been on me since high school," said Turenne.

Last season, Turenne had five interceptions and 24 knock-downs, and this fall will also return kicks for the Giants. He also said he'd like to try his hand at receiver some, which he did in high school.

A gifted runner, Turenne runs the 100m, 200m and 4x100m for Sequoias in track.

He will graduate with his A.A. this December, sign his NLI, and then participate in spring football at his new four-year school.

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