Nation's top JC corner tripping to WSU

WITH BOTH SENIOR STARTERS graduating, the Cougs are in the market for a top flight cornerback. Generally considered the top junior CB in the country, lightning bolt Woodny Turenne takes an official visit to Washington State this weekend. What makes the defensive back special isn't just that he's clocked a 4.28 in the 40, it's his combination of speed, height and shut down skills out on the island.

In other words, Turenne (6-1, 185) is the whole enchilada. And he has an offer list a mile long.

In Turenne, Washington State, Michigan, USC, Florida and scores of others have all offered. Turenne said everyone is even at this point although he did name his top five, in no particular order -- Washington State, Florida, USC, Ole Miss, and Louisville.

"They're all in the same category," said Turenne. "It's too early...I don't have a favorite."

Originally out of Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan High, Turenne said Washington State has been in touch over the course of the season, with secondary coach Kenny Greene running the recruiting point for the Cougs.

"He's a nice person and a good coach," said Turenne. "One thing with Washington State that I've heard is it's a school with talent. I just want to take the visit and see how it is there."

Face time with the Cougar players and coaches and "seeing how I fit in" will be among the items on Turenne's checklist this weekend.

Turenne has taken one official visit thus far, to Florida, which he said went very well. Turenne has not yet set up dates for any remaining trips and said he doesn't anticipate any in-home visits this week before leaving for Washington State. He said distance will not be a deciding factor in his decision.

Flashing some of that trademark speed, Turenne took home gold in the 2006 JC California 100 meters and was second in the 200. Turenne also took first place in the state in the 100 meters during his junior and senior years in high school when he was in Florida.

In seven games in 2006, Turenne broke up 12 passes and picked off a pair of passes. He logged 26 tackles (10 solo)

He has three to play two at the next level. Turenne will be joined on the official visit by two of his junior college teammates -- defensive tackle Serge Elizee and strong safety Marshon Royal. Visit our front page or click on the links for their player page and CF.C article.

Woodny Turenne profile

In 2006, personal bests for Turenne: 100m -- 10.34; 200m -- 20.82; 400m -- 51.23

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