It really comes as no surprise that the Southeast team dominated the 2010 Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament. Besides the obvious difference in speed and athleticism, the Southeast was equipped with the most intimidating trio of linebackers on the field in Tony Steward, Kent Turene and Ramik Wilson.
Steward (St. Augustine Pedro Menendez) is the nation’s No. 1 linebacker prospect and can attend any university he wants. Wilson (Tampa Jefferson) claims nearly 20 offers and was one of the fastest prospects in the middle of the field.
Then there is Turene. The Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson prospect is rated by Rivals.com as the 12th-best linebacker in the country and is verbally committed to USC. With his 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame, Turene looked like a giant inside. Even with his size, Turene was able to run down most of the faster running backs inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
“We all had fun,” Turene said. “We just proved why we are some of the best linebackers in the nation.”
Even though he’s committed to USC, Turene’s talent has coaches from most of the top programs recruiting him harder than ever. An overflow of e-mails and Facebook messages flood his inbox daily, he said.
“Everybody is still trying to recruiting me, but I’m still committed to USC,” he said.
Turene describes himself as “90 percent” committed to the Trojans and is planning to take all five of his official visits this fall and knows he’ll definitely visit Florida, LSU and Georgia.
One thing not pushing Turene away from USC is the probation the school is currently on. With USC football banned from postseason play for the next two years, if Turene were to enroll at USC he wouldn’t be able to participate in a bowl game until his second year on campus. To him, that’s not a major concern.
“That’s one game my whole career,” he said.
That’s the same message he has preached to other USC commits and recruits.
With Turene taking all of his officials, coaches at other schools are trying to dig in as much as possible before college and high school seasons begin. One school he’s been in touch with a lot this year has been Florida. Turene said he’s been a Gator fan since he was 10 and was rumored to have wanted to commit to Florida earlier this summer.
That never happened and now Turene, who wore a USC hat during his time at Gridiron Kings, is a verbal Trojan.
Still, Turene admits he “loves” Florida and expects Gator coaches to stay involved until the very end of his recruitment.
“Florida’s a great school,” he said. “I have a great connection with the coaches up there, especially with coach (Urban) Meyer.”
In the end, Turene’s next destination might not be up to him alone. He’s looking for spiritual guidance to help him along the way as well.
“It’s wherever God takes me,” he said.