Kent Turene pulled the trigger first on Monday just hours after returning home from an unofficial visit to the University of Florida.
He had visited Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, and LSU early in July, but after evaluating those schools, he knew he wanted to be a Trojan.
In fact, the 6-foot-2, 235 pound linebacker knew it weeks ago. He told Lane Kiffin and the USC staff that he was going to be a Trojan a couple of weeks ago.
USC is getting one of the top linebackers in the South.
Turene is a little raw still, but he is a very physical linebacker that plays with a lot of intensity. He can move sideline to sideline to make tackles and he can blow up a play up the middle too. He should slide right in at inside linebacker at USC.
Working on his drops, improving his reads, and tackling with more technique are things he can improve on, but he has a high ceiling on the next level.
Not too long after Turene announced his decision to the public, his teammate Shaun Ward did the same.
Ward had already been in the news on Monday when he de-committed from Maryland in the afternoon. He committed to the Terps during an unofficial visit back in the spring, but it was no surprise that he pulled back from that decision.
His new choice is Texas A&M and he had high interest in the Aggies all along.
Mike Sherman is a getting a versatile defender who really plays well off the edge in high school, but will make the transition to linebacker in college.
Ward is a 6-foot-1, 230 pound athlete really pursues quarterbacks well at defensive end, but his size limits him at that position on the next level. He has active hands and solid feet, so he should be able to make the move back to the second level in College Station.
It would be no surprise to see him used as a rush type linebacker though because of his ability to fire off the line, get past the tackles, and disrupt plays in the backfield.
Like Turene, at linebacker, he needs to work on pass coverage (no real experience there because of his time at defensive end) and he can work on his flexibility as well. He plays a little stiff, so being a little more fluid would help him at linebacker also.
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