Mark Richt has attracted one standout running back recruit after another in recent Georgia Bulldogs signing classes. After the stellar 2012 crop, which included breakout stars Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, 2013 prospect AJ Turman aims to follow in their sizable freshman-year footprints.
Turman was a four-star prospect coming out of Orlando Boone, and the No. 131 ranked recruit in the FanSided 150.
Turman spoke with Evan Massey for SaturdayBlitz.com about signing with Georgia and his goals. Follow Evan on Twitter @massey_evan, and check out AJ this fall with the Bulldogs.
Q. Why did you end up signing with the Bulldogs? What made them the best fit for you?
A. I really liked the on campus environment when I visited. That plus all the coaches were great and Georgia has great academics. Plus the community has so much pride.
Q. For those who aren’t familiar with your game, what can we expect from you on the field?
A. The next level is different, I can only talk about what I have been doing so far and what I plan on doing on the next level. I am a power runner, I do a couple of moves then go north to south. I have good hands and good break away speed. I’m not the type to do a million cuts. I am a big power full back and I use that to my advantage.
Q. Is there any current back in either the college game or NFL that you would compare yourself to?
A. Adrian Peterson.
Q. Have you become close with any of your teammates in particular?
A. Chris Conley, Keith Marshall and Jordan Davis in my class.
Q. Who would you say has made the biggest impact on your career to help get you to this point?
A. My parents Carla and Andrew Turman. They pushed me and taught me everything. My dad coaches me a majority of my life.
Q. What’s it like playing for one of the best coaches in college football, Mark Richt?
A. It’s an honor. I’m blessed to have this chance to be coached by him.
Q. What would you say is one area that you need to improve in most to be the best you can be?
A. My footwork and getting my pads lower.
Q. How excited are you to be playing in arguably the toughest football conference? Any rivalry games you’re looking forward to most?
A. I’m really looking forward to the Florida game, because I’m from Florida, you know. Also the South Carolina game because I have friends on their team.
Q. Change of pace for this last question. What do you like to do in your free time? Favorite music artists?
A. I fish everyday and hunt. Li’l Wayne is my favorite artist.