Linebacker recruit has UF on his sights


Kent Turene understands the opportunity he could have at the University of Florida.

The Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson linebacker has been a hot commodity in the recruiting world, claiming more than 30 offers, but with spots opening up at his position at Florida, Turene knows he could see the field earlier in Gainesville.

“They lack depth at linebacker,” Turene said of Florida.

Something like that can usually green light today’s recruit, but Turene is still weighing his options. While he said he has “high” interest in Florida, he still plans to trim his list after he takes all his visits this summer. No commitment date has been set.

Turene has visited Florida, LSU and Florida State so far this summer and told earlier this week that he’d like to visit Alabama, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USC, Tennessee and Georgia.

It was believed Florida was the leader for Turene, who Rivals lists as a four-star prospect and the 12th-best linebacker in the country. He visited UF in June and said his time there was “great,” but he isn’t officially naming the Gators as his leader.

Things should heat up with Turene as the summer continues and he takes more visits. Turene didn’t work out in Gainesville, but could return for Friday Night Lights later this month.

As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker recorded 120 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions and forced two fumbles.


  1. Chomp, Wilder will start out at RB where he wants to be. I think the coaching staff will allow him to make a move to LB or DE, but only iif that is what he desires. I think he could excel at any of those positions so it’s kinda up to him.i

  2. Turene needs to be told the story of 5* Jackson Jeffcoat who waited too late to choose the Gators and had his visit cancelled because UF’s wagon was already full. Jeffcoat thought he was good enough that schools would hold him a spot and he was in the top 10 players in the country but UF didn’t hold him a spot
    Turene is smart enough to realize that there will be 4 LB spots open and one is filled by Shazier. Anthone, Chickillo, Grant, Stanley, Steward, and others want to be in this class. Once it starts to fill, decisions will need to be made quickly or the Jeffcoat calamity appears again. There are only 11 spots available now that are known about. OL and LB will take a lot of those. Don’t miss the boat!

  3. To bad he committed to USC to play with, and I quote, “the best coaches in the country”. Wow, really, USC has the best coaches in the country? Monte I can understand, but lane? What has he done in any coaching capacity that is note worthy? He did recruit Reggie bush to USC and that lead to the violations they now have. Then went to the raiders, nuff said about that. Onto rocky top and he really turned that around, which is obvious. Pissed off the whole second. And now is on to Troy as the best coach in the country. If that is the quality of person turene is, they sound like a match made in heaven and I’m glad he is not coming here. Have fun over there and not winning championships. Good luck son.