November 13, 2012

What will Turman do?



At 6:30 p.m., Boone (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman will choose the school he will attend at the next level.

The four-star running back will choose between Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Auburn, but has most recently visited the Bulldogs and Volunteers.

As a big, fast, and physical running back, Turman could make a big impact for whatever team he chooses, and Georgia, which wants to take two running backs in this class but has zero commitments, would love to get on the board with a talent of his caliber.

Below is an in-depth look at Turman's recruitment and the impact his decision will have on the Bulldogs.

Recruitment

Turman has been a recruiting "tweener" of sorts. By "tweener" we aren't referring to anything he does as a player, but how he has handled his recruitment.

Most of the time you have a player that is very tough to read and/or get in touch with or a recruit that is all-access and keeps everyone updated on everything going on.

Turman is almost right in the middle of those two areas. He has taken visits and been fairly easy to deal with, but he has played his cards close to the vest. Until he let everyone know when he would announce, he had not put out a list of top schools.

This season Turman has visited Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida State. He came away from each of those visits with great things to say about each school, but a couple of multiple day trips to Athens this summer and fall have seemed to stand out for him.

The Rivals250 running back has had great things to say about Georgia's academics and its coaching staff, but he has also developed a strong relationship with the coaches at Tennessee and Florida State. While they are listed as finalists, we don't consider Auburn and Miami serious contenders here.

If Turman does not choose UGA it is back to the drawing boards for the Bulldogs at the running back position.

They are recruiting Norcross running back Alvin Kamara very hard at this time, and while we do think UGA leads, they are in a fight with Alabama.

Turman does not choose UGA

Should Turman choose a school other than UGA, expect Georgia to extend another offer or two in the next couple of weeks. The fact that the UGA coaching staff hasn't already must mean they are confident because they made it clear to Kamara last week that they want to take two backs in this class.

A couple of names to keep an eye on should Georgia miss on Turman are Good Hope (Good Hope, Ala.) running back Jonathan Ford, a Vanderbilt commitment, and possibly even Milton running back Peyton Barber, an Ole Miss commitment.

Either way, expect Georgia to take a closer look at more running backs should Turman choose to go elsewhere.

If Turman chooses UGA

If the Sunshine State playmaker does choose Georgia, he will be a big addition to its 2013 class both in need and ranking.

As we stated before, with no running backs committed in this class and a plan to take two, Georgia needs to get on the board. Turman would be a strong start.

Turman would also give Georgia another big, physical back to go with Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, and Ken Malcome, but he would also give Georgia another back with good to very good straight-line speed.

At 6-feet, 205 pounds right now, Turman will likely be much bigger and stronger at the next level, and is a very good one-cut down hill runner.

He is also a high-character player with an excellent work ethic, and when you combine those attributes with his talent level, he would be a big time addition for the Bulldogs.

Prediction

Florida State and Tennessee are Georgia's main competition here. Tennessee has recruited him as hard as anyone, but their uncertain coaching situation has to have made an impact on Turman's recruitment.

When you consider that Turman just returned home from a UGA visit a week ago, and is now making a decision, it appears that the writing is on the wall.

We predict Turman chooses Georgia.

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