Turene the Trojan

The USC Trojans continued their strong recruiting momentum by picking up the commitment of Kent Turene from Boyd H. Anderson High School, one of the top linebackers in the state of Florida.

Kent Turene was one of the most heavily recruited linebackers in the country with over 40 offers, but decided to end the recruiting process early by committing to Lane Kiffin.

"I just called them and said that I wanted to make it official," Turene said. "Everybody was yelling and excited.

Kent Turene helped lead the South Florida Express to the championship of the Badger Sport/New Level 7-on-7 tournament.
"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. I got a great feeling from the coaches."

The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker said that he had previously made his decision but waited to make it known to the public.

"I wanted to really make an early decision, and what made it was the coaches. They have a great staff," Turene said. "I have a great relationship with Coach Barry and they have a great staff with a great defensive coordinator like Monte Kiffin. I sat down to talk to him about defenses. All of that just wanted me to come and play for a great program with a great defense."

The opportunity to play for USC assistant coaches Monte Kiffin and Joe Barry played a factor in Turene's decision to leave Florida and head to the West Coast.

"It's great because it gets me a step ahead of everybody else by playing for great coaches," he explained.

The three-star linebacker was concerned about the impact of the NCAA sanctions when they were first announced, but had all of his concerns put at ease after his parents spoke with Lane Kiffin.

"At first, me and my family were worried about the sanctions," he said. "But after that we got on the phone with Coach Kiffin and my mom and dad talked to him to get everything clarified."

As a junior, Turene recorded 120 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles caused. The young defender admires some of the great linebackers in history like Mike Singletary, Ray Lewis and Dick Butkus, and tries to match their intensity on the field.

"I am a very relentless player and have great leadership," he said. "I can do it all. I am just the linebacker that you would love to have."

Turene will take an unofficial visit to USC later this month. He plans to graduate high school early in enroll at USC in January.

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