As we continue our look at the Georgia Bulldog signing class, the next prospect we are going to talk about is AJ Turman. Turman, 6’0 198lb RB from Orlando, FL, attended Boone High School where he was coached by Phil Ziglar. After his senior season, he was named to the PrepStar All-American team. Turman was rated a four star prospect by Rivals, Scout (37th RB), ESPN (22nd RB, 260th Overall) and 247sports (13th RB, 175th Overall).
On November 13, 2012 AJ Turman committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over Tennessee, Miami, Florida State and Auburn. Turman was the first commitment at running back for the Bulldogs for the class or 2013. The big, strong RB will enroll at UGA this summer and is expected to be the number 3 running back behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
He is an underrated back and has the potential to become a big time running back at the collegiate level. One of his best aspects is hisstrength. He runs with a great pad level and keeps his lower half moving and fighting for extra yards. His first step in the hole is very quick and can make defenders miss in open space. He is a patient back that waits for the hole to open and has great vision to hit the open hole. Turman is a true SEC running back that can carry the ball 20-30 times a game. Here is what a few experts had to say about him from recruiting services.
Rusty Mansell- “Looking at tape on Turman, you have to like the one-cut ability he has. Most of all, I really like that he can run through tackles with a thick lower body. He looks to have great field vision plus the ability to stick it up in there and get the tough yards when needed. In the SEC it are those extra yards that mean the most, the ability to move the chains on third-and-3.”
Scout.com- “A power runner who attacks the line of scrimmage, Turman accelerates well out of one cut that attempts to punish would-be tacklers. He has good speed, but won’t be considered a burner, but his power lets him break tackles and get big chunks of yardage. Drives his legs well after contact and pushes a pile forward. Tends to run a bit high in traffic and will need to get lower. A workhorse who can handle 25+ carries.”
ESPN .com- “Turman is a college-ready back who might fall under the radar due to his lack of flash. He is a tough, productive, inside runner with durability and workhorse type qualities. He possesses a very good blend of size, strength and straight-line speed.”
There are some aspects in Turman’s game that he will have to improve. He will need to become a better receiver out of the backfield. UGA loves using their backs in the passing game. He also does not have great top end speed.
He will need to come in and learn the playbook and understand everything he has to do on every given play. Georgia is big on their backs being great blockers, and he will have to learn to be that guy that can handle a defensive end or blitz when asked to. Overall, I believe Turman is going to be a great back for the University of Georgia throughout his career.
In 2013, I see Turman being a guy that can come in and pound tired defenses in the second half of ballgames. He is not going to have a huge role due to the fact that UGA has two of the top backs in the SEC returning, but he can be used effectively to cause problems late in ballgames.
TURMAN Announcement to Bulldogs: HERE
SENIOR STATS: 1,245 Rushing Yards and 15 Touchdowns.