Eval of A.J. Turman

A.J. Turman

The University of Georgia is getting another good running back in Orlando Boone's A.J. Turman. He just committed to the Dawgs.

The University of Georgia has landed another very good prospect from the Sunshine State. This time it's running back A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) from central Florida. Turman committed to the Bulldogs over Florida State, Tennessee, Miami and Auburn.

Turman has good size at 6-foot-0 and 205-pounds. I believe what sets him apart is his power. Turman is a strong runner who does an excellent job of keeping his legs and knees driving, especially after first contact by a defender. He's a kid that breaks tackles and gets yards after contact.

Turman has above average speed. He hits the hole hard and is best between the tackles. Turman shows good balance and vision. He appears to be a one-cut runner and doesn't dance around. This is a no-nonsense back that is at his best when he's running downhill between the tackles with his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage.

As stated above, Turman is a kid that doesn't away from contact. Even in pass pro he shows the ability to step up and either help out his offensive linemen or pick up blitzing defenders.

This is a tough, physical and aggressive kid that should fit in very well in the attacking style of the SEC, whether it's carrying his load in the run game or supporting the passing attack. For Mark Richt and the Bulldogs, this is a super addition to their young and talented running back corps, especially after landing Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley last season.

Turman has rushed for close to 5,000 yards and 55 touchdowns for Boone over his career. He's currently a three-star prospect and the No. 36 ranked running back in the nation. In any normal year he's rated higher. But with the likes of Derrick Henry (Yulee), Kelvin Taylor (Glades Day), Alex Collins (South Plantation), Greg Bryant (Delray American Heritage) and Ryan Green (St. Petersburg Catholic) Turman tends to get somewhat overlooked when you talk about running backs from the state of Florida. Regardless of where he falls another good one is headed to Athens.

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