October 1, 2012

Turman still hears from Dawgs

Boone (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman doesn't say much.

The funny thing is that on the football field, he doesn't need to because his play does all the talking.

At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Turman is one of the most bruising backs in the Sunshine State, but thus far in 2012, and his entire high school career, he has showed pile up yardage both as a power back and a big-play threat.

"I don't know my totals this year, but my first game I think I had like 270 yards," said Turman. "Then the second game I think it was around 210 yards, and the third game was like 150 (yards). I just passed 4,000 career yards last game."

On Saturday, the four-star running back had plans of being in Athens to see Georgia take on Tennessee, both are teams he is heavily considering, but wasn't able to make the trip due to his parents' work schedule.

"I didn't make it this weekend. My parents couldn't get the time off. I really wanted to make it up there for that big game against Tennessee," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'll be back for the Ole Miss game. I really want to get back up there and see the school again and everything. I want to see how the intensity is for a home game. I've never been to a Georgia game and I'm very excited for it."

While he didn't get to see the game in person, Turman did see the game on television and came away impressed with what he saw from the Georgia offense.

"I thought their running backs played great and it was a good game. That is the kind of offense I would like to be in. The running backs get the ball a lot. I like that that they get the ball in different areas of the field, too," said Turman. "I really like that they give freshman running backs a chance to do there thing. Those freshmen running backs really showed up, too, and earned their shot."

The Rivals250 standout says that he is hearing a lot from Georgia, and that they have been in near constant communication in recent weeks.

"Coach (Tony) Ball is my recruiting coach. I talk to him all the time. I talk to everyone on the staff a lot. I get a call like once a week or something. I get calls, I talk to them on Facebook a lot, and I just try to keep up with them the best I can. We talk a lot, though."

The Georgia coaches are certainly doing their best to reel in Turman, but they aren't the only ones.

One of Boone's region foes, East River (Orlando, Fla.) has a linebacker by the name of Ryne Rankin, who is a Georgia commitment.

According to Turman, he is very much anticipating that game, but Rankin, at least for the time being, won't let him forget about Georgia even if he tried.

"We play them in a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to playing against him. I always look forward to playing against top athletes, especially on defense," said Turman. "Ryne is a funny kid. I talk to him and text him all the time and he is always telling me 'Go Dawgs' and stuff like that. He is always tweeting me about Georgia and stuff like that. I'm looking forward to playing against him."

Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida State are the three schools that are mentioned the most in Turman's recruitment, but the Sunshine State playmaker says that he has yet to narrow it down to a list of top schools.

He does, however, think that his performance on the field coupled with his opportunity to play at the next level is something of which he can be proud.

"It feels good. All the hard work is paying off and everything," he said. "It feels good and I'm definitely happy about it."





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