High School: Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Andrson
Ht/Wt: 6'2, 225
Position: Middle Linebacker
Combine: UnderArmour Miami. 6'1.5, 226. 4.66 shuttle, 7.73 3-Cone, 29 inch vertical, 9'4'' broad jump.
About the Player: Turene is widely regarded as one of the top linebacker prospects in the Sunshine State and has a bevy of BCS offers. He has elite size at 6'2, 225 and should carry 240-250 down the road. We have been extremely impressed with his mobility, he is a rare MLB who can get sideline to sideline and make plays. Turene is a physical player that thrives on contact and should stay in the middle at the next level(although clearly he has the athleticism to play outside). He finished his junior year with 120 tackles, 10 sacks, and two interceptions.
Turene said this about himself, "I'm a great hitter and I'm fast to the ball. I have a passion for the game and I'm a good overall linebacker. I'm strong and I've been playing since I was little. I want to work on reading the offense better and anticipate things quicker. I also want to just understand the game better too."
Where he fits for USC: With the recent probation USC will suffer from reduced scholarships which means they need to "hit" on the recruits they do sign. Turene is certainly one of those players as he should be able to play early and often. USC signed two LBs in 2010, but JUCO transfer Glen Stanley has been rumored to be heading elsewhere which leaves just Hayes Pullard. Turene joins OLB Tre Madden as a Trojan commit for 2011. Bottom line is that this should be a good opportunity for Turene to compete for playing time and he fits the mold of what we have seen from USC linebackers the last 10 years: big, fast, physical play-makers.
High School: Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
Ht/Wt: 6'0, 225
Commitment: Texas A&M
Combine: UnderArmour Miami. 4.82 40, 4.66 shuttle, 7.85 3-Cone, 31 inch vertical.
About the Player: Ward made an early commitment to Maryland, he de-committed for about 24 hours before switching over to Texas A&M. He has been a DE thus far in high school where he has shown the ability to get after the QB. He possesses quality athleticism and is expected to play more LB as a senior. We love his ability to get off blocks and he will lay some lumber on ball carriers. He is going to need to work hard on his coverage skills as he does not have a lot of experience there, clearly he has the athleticism to make that transition.
Where he fits for Texas A&M: The Aggie's need linebackers. They only signed one pure LB in 2010 (Dominique Patterson), although they did land several prospects who could flourish in their 3-4. Ward is an ideal fit in that scheme as he is a high school version of what we see so often at the NFL level: DEs moving back to OLB in the 3-4 alignment. He joins Donnie Baggs as LBs committed for 2011. Ward is clearly excited to compete for Von Miller's spot(he will graduate) next year and he has the type of physical tools to make an early impact.
He was recruited by A&M coach Terrell Williams and the Aggie's have a ton of NFL experience on their staff (necessary to run the 3-4). Texas A&M has not been active in the past in the state of Florida, but that has clearly changed this year as they are in on a number of top prospects. Look for Ward to help recruit several other local players to Texas A&M.