May 27, 2010

Florida LB holds Tide offer

Lauderdale Lakes (FL) linebacker Kent Turene has seen his stock shoot through the roof this spring, amassing over 30 scholarship offers from schools in every corner of the country. With so many options open to him, Turene has decided to take the process slowly for now and wait until the summer before sorting through his pile of offers.

"It's pretty crazy at this point," Turene said. "Alabama, South Florida and Wake Forest are the most recent one's I've gotten but there are so many to sort through now that it's hard to remember them all."

While Turene's offer list includes a number of powerful BCS programs, the Crimson Tide stands out as the biggest program yet to offer the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defender.

"Getting the offer from Alabama was pretty big. They are the national champs and they really only send offers to the top players in the country. They have come to watch me a few times at practice so I knew they were interested for a while. When I talked to Coach (Bobby) Williams and Coach (Kirby) Smart, they said they really liked my film from last season a lot and they also like that I have really strong grades as well. I think those were the two things that put me over the top with them."

"I also got to talk to Coach Saban on the phone as well. He told me I need to stay focused on working hard in the classroom and keeping those good grades I have. Coach Saban is a really smart guy and he understands that succeeding as a college player is about much more than what happens on the field."

Turene said the Tide coaches, as well as the coaches from many of the other programs recruiting him, were particularly impressed with his lateral speed and his ability to get to the ball quickly.

"The thing I hear from most coaches that they seem to really like about me is my speed and my ability to play sideline to sideline. I pride myself on being able to get to the ball and make a play no matter what. I have played outside linebacker but I really feel like playing inside is probably where I perform the best."

With so many offers to sort through, Turene plans on sitting down soon to give each school equal consideration before trimming down his list heading into the summer months.

"I have so many offers at this point that I really haven't had a chance to look at everybody. Once I get a chance to sit down and give everyone a fair shot, I will start to narrow down the list. That will probably happen this summer. After that, I hope to fit in a few visits during the summer but I have no idea where those will be yet."

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