Tuesday, July 6, 2010
One out, one in for USC
By Ted Miller
USC lost a defensive end but gained a linebacker over the weekend.
Malik Jackson, a junior listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Armond Armstead, is transferring to Tennessee, where he will be immediately eligible to play this fall.
Jackson had 3.5 sacks last year. He's the second Trojans reserve to take advantage of a ruling by the NCAA that juniors and seniors can transfer from USC without sitting out a season. Linebacker Jordan Campbell previously opted to transfer to Louisville.
Meanwhile, linebacker Kent Turene of Boyd Anderson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) gave the Trojans an oral commitment, picking them over Florida, Miami, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
The 6-foot-2, 225 pounder is ranked the No. 8 linebacker in the nation by ESPNU. He's the Trojans 11th commitment. He plans on graduating high school early in order to enroll in January.