The roller coaster that has been linebacker Kent Turene’s recruitment appears to finally be done, with the former USC commitment and UGA signee set to enroll next month. But Turene (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson) will not be enrolling in Athens.
After he committed to the Trojans the summer before his senior year, Turene was continually pursued by Georgia, which secured a last-minute switch from the four-star prospect on signing day. He was part of a heralded recruiting class known as the Dream Team, but his arrival in Athens would be delayed.
When the freshmen arrived on campus last June, Turene was not among them. The NCAA Clearinghouse flagged his test score and questioned a couple of online classes he took while at Boyd Anderson. Turene enrolled at Atlanta Sports Academy, a prep school in Dawsonville, Ga., with the hopes that he would gain the test score needed to enroll in Athens as part of the 2012 class. Turene got the test score, but the clearinghouse would not give him the green light to join the Georgia football team. So he waited.
Months went by, with no word from Georgia on where things stood. Turene could have been cleared any week, or the situation could have taken months to find a resolution. It is possible Turene could enroll next fall, but it was just as likely he would be told next August that his admission was denied. So just to be safe, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker inquired with ECU and Marshall, two programs able to accept Prop 48 partial qualifiers. The rule allows prospective student athletes to be on scholarship for a year before joining the team. It is meant to allow athletes to focus on their academics while adjusting to college life.
Turene made one last call to Georgia this week, and the news was not good.
“Georgia told me I was a non-qualifier,” Turene said. After hearing the ruling, he went ahead and made his decision. “I will be enrolling at Marshall."
With Turene's exit, Georgia has 16 commitments for the 2012 class. As of now, however, DawgNation does not expect juco defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College) to end up with the Bulldogs, which would bring the commit count to 15.