November 5, 2012

Visit impresses Turman

After a taking a little over a month off from taking trips, Boone (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman hit the road this past weekend to take his second visit to Georgia.

The four-star running back and both of his parents left Friday night headed for Georgia, and spent the weekend in Athens before leaving on Monday.

The visit, his first visit to UGA on a game weekend, garnered high marks from Turman.

"It was sold-out game. It was packed, and it was a good time," said Turman. "I was shocked at how rowdy the crowd was, and we just enjoyed ourselves."

As is the case with most visits for recruits, each of Turman's parents had different things that they enjoyed about his second trip to Athens.

"My dad probably liked just going to the game and being there for the game the most. He had fun there," said Turman. "My mom really liked going out and seeing the dorms and the academic stuff and that sort of thing. She was impressed."

Being in Athens on a game day was definitely a difference experience than Turman's previous visit when he mainly had a chance to spend time with coaches.

In this case, however, different could be good thing.

"I felt very excited. I really got to see all the players and how they act after the game and before the game," he said. "It was really just a great trip overall."

In his first visit to the Classic City, Turman quickly struck a bond with UGA wide receiver Chris Conley.

Conley also hosted Turman and his family on their second visit, and the Rivals250 ball carrier says that the two have a lot in common.

"The first time I went to Georgia I was with Chris, and he showed me the dorms and every thing," said Turman. "I got to hang out with him before and after the game, and it was good to see him again. He's a really good guy."

The Orlando native told UGASports last month that he was impressed with Georgia's tandem of freshman tailbacks and how the UGA coaching staff was able to split the carries.

The big question when it comes to Turman's recruitment is whether or not the presence of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will hurt Georgia's chances for the Sunshine State recruit.

"It doesn't make a difference at all to me because they are just two running backs," said Turman. "It might help a little bit because they can teach me how to succeed as a young back, and how to handle all the different things. I think we are all three very similar backs because we are big backs with good speed and can do some of the same things, too."

Turman, who is also strongly considering a number of other schools including Tennessee and Florida State, says that he isn't quite ready to name a top group of schools at this time.

"I don't really know who my top schools are right now," said Turman. "I'm going to wait until after my official visits then see where things stand."

He does know, however, that he has high interest in the Bulldogs.

"They are a school I really like and I am really interested in them," he said. "They are a great school with a great team, and I'll probably take an official visit there. I most likely will.

With visits to Tennessee, Florida State, and Georgia already completed, Turman has no idea what is coming next.

"I really don't know what my plans are at this point," he said. "I don't know what I'll do next."





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