July 15, 2012

Turman makes connection

The running back position is undoubtedly one of the most nationally competitive positions in the 2013 class, and one prospect who has been overlooked, to an extent, is Boone (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman.

A big reason for the lack of attention is a result of how quiet Turman's recruitment has been to this point, but that may be changing soon as the 6-foot, 205 pound running back is getting ready to start taking more visits.

"I took a trip to Georgia this weekend and was there all day Saturday," said Turman. "I am visiting Tennessee and FSU soon as well."

Turman returned from his visit to Athens on Sunday, and he and his parents, Andrew and Carla Turman, came away impressed with the UGA program.

"I got there in the morning time and got to go to the school. I met with all the coaches and just had a great time," said Turman. "I got to see all of the facilities and the weight room. I talked to all the strength coaches. It as just a nice, great visit up there. I'm glad I went."

The four star playmaker had spent plenty of time talking with the Bulldog coaching staff on the phone, but his trip to the Classic City was his first opportunity to meet them in person.

According to Turman, the coaches made a great first impression.

"I mainly talk to Coach (Bryan) McClendon and Coach (Tony) Ball on the phone and all. I have gotten to know them pretty good," he said. "I got to speak with them on my trip too, and I got to talk to all the coaches as well. I sat down and ate with them and watched some film with them. It was just a great time. It was nice to get to talk to all the coaches in person instead of over the phone."

In his conversation with the Georgia coaches, Turman came away impressed with both the message relayed concerning his recruitment.

"They basically let me know that if I come in and work hard that I can compete for a starting spot and playing time," said Turman. "They showed me that the opportunity is there. Their offense is also the type of style that I fit the best. It will fit me perfectly as a running back. Also they let me know about everything that has gone down there with the running back position and how I can step in and compete and get on the field early at least."

The Rivals250 prospect and his parents also came away very happy with their personal experience with the Georgia coaching staff.

"I love all the coaches. They are really easy to connect with, and I enjoyed getting to talk to them and my parents got to talk to them," said Turman. "We all connected really well. My parents like the coaches, of course. The coaches took me on the tour, so I got to talk about a lot of stuff other than football. It was just easy to talk to the coaches. It was also different because other schools try to pressure you and try to get you to commit, commit, commit, and it wasn't that way at Georgia at all. The coaches were calm and easy to talk to. My parents were impressed with the way we were treated and how the coaches went about it. All of the coaches were willing to spend the time with us on the tours. Like most places they have someone to take you on the tours but my parents were impressed that the coaches spent that time with us."

One of the things Turman noticed when looking at the depth chart was that the Bulldogs brought in two talented running backs in 2012, and have a good group of ball carriers on campus.

He also noticed that there is clear opportunity to make an impact in the Georgia backfield.

"I could see that they brought in some good backs last year and they are all good running backs there," said Turman. "But I also saw a chance for me to come in and back those guys up and have a chance to start and be the guy once they move on."

At this point in his recruitment, Turman has yet to narrow things down in regards to a list of top schools, but after this visit, he does feel as if he has at least one piece of the puzzle figured out.

"I don't have any top schools really. I've been on about 10 visits and they have all been great visits," said Turman. "I'm visiting Florida State and Tennessee soon, but I do feel like I'll definitely take an official visit to Georgia in the fall. I want to decide after my senior season, but I feel like I'll take a visit to Georgia and maybe to Florida State and Tennessee too."

When taking those visits and thinking about where he wants to play football at the next level, Turman has a few specific things he is looking for when choosing the program of his choice.

"I'm really looking at the coaches and who I am comfortable with. I'm also looking at who will develop me the best. That is big for me because I want to go to the place that will make the best running back I can be," said Turman. "I'm also looking for a place where they have great people and the kind of guys I can get along with. I'm looking at education too. I want to get a great education."

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