LB Turene still ‘loves’ Gators


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 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.


  1. Of course Turene still loves the Gators. If he gets a committable offer, then he’ll be a Gator. Once we find out the destinations of Curtis Grant, Dawson and Anthony, then Turene will know where he fits in.

  2. The probation may officially keep USC from one bowl game, but the loss of scholarships hitting them over the next few years will keep them out of any bowl worth being in for the rest of your career. Meanwhile, UF is going to be in the hunt for National Championships for years to come.

    I agree with Carty said, what ever Lane is telling you is sure to be a lie. Ask him what will happen to USC in two seasons when he is only able to field 60 guys due to the compounding effect of only bringing in 15 players per year. Lane is all talk. Urban is all walk. Make the smart move and put that UF hat on!

  3. Turene is from the same high school as Demar Dorsey. Like Dorsey, he has made a strange decision. Dorsey reneged on his verbal to UF and signed with Michigan and is now attending Marhsall. Turene may stay with USC but why travel 3000 miles to play for a program clearly on a downturn when you could play for the #1 program in the nation just 300 miles up the highway? Especially when you’ve been a Gator fan your whole life? Guys like Dorsey and New-Keys haven’t fared well after turning their back on UF. I hope things turn out better for Turene. Better yet, I hope he comes to his senses. But when they start to play games it usually doesn’t end well – at least not for the kid.

  4. Umm..i don’t know where everyone’s getting their data from, but USC is banned from post-season (bowl) games for TWO YEARS–not one.

    They’ve APPEALED to only get one, BUT that’s pretty unlikely to happen given the gross standard of their transgressions. Kiffin is lying (just like before–just ask Seantrel Henderson, Purene) if he’s telling recruit it’s only ONE game.

  5. Schmelvin, the probation will only affect him for one year as far as the bowl games are concern because this season is the first and next year is the second. He will only be enrolled after this year. Seantrel was already enrolled so it would have affected him for both years. Have we not already offered this kid a scholarship? I also agree that Kiffy is not to be trusted (for the most part) he believes that his B-movements don’t stick and he is this great coach. Well his father is but great coaching is not a hereditary trait. Ask Dooley out of Georgia, man what was Tenn thinking?

  6. Creek Gator: I can only hope that you are right about Dooly. I have this feeling that the worse thing that could have happened was Kiffin leaving the Vols. Dooly is going to restore Tennessee to the great teams they have had in the past. He seems to be a class act which is a change for the hillbillies. This coming from a 5th generation Florida cracker. His father was a BANE for the Gators and we have to keep beating him in the recruiting game or we will hear from Mr. Dooly. He is smart, old south, and will do well at Vol land.

  7. I’ve watched alot of footage of Turene, he needs to get to the UF campus. It will blow away USC’s and Meyer is a stand up Christian man, unlike wherever the wind blows Kiff. Play in the mighty SEC, king of college football!