Record-Setting Runner Favors Tigers

A.J. Turman, a class of 2013 running back prospect, discusses his visit to an Auburn football camp.

Orlando, Fla.--After setting a Boone High School record as a sophomore rushing for more than 1,500 yards, A.J. Turman will be bigger and hopefully better for his junior season.

A player who was one of the standouts at Auburn's one-day camp for football prospects on Saturday, the 6-0, 198-pound tailback came away from the event very high on the Tigers.

"The camp was great and I really like Auburn," he says. "I like Auburn more than all of them now."

He notes that he is still early in the recruiting process, but says Auburn, Alabama and Florida State are the teams he is most interested in as he heads into his junior season. Florida and Miami are also on his radar.

Although he doesn't have a scholarship offer yet from Auburn or any of his favorites, the Tigers are obviously interested. He spent time with Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper before and after the camp. Turman also got plenty of attention from Luper during the camp. "He will take the time to show you what you are doing wrong," the running back says.

Turman says he appreciates that Luper explained the ins and outs of recruiting to the young running back. "He is a very nice man," the prospect said.

His trip to the state of Alabama had several objectives. He is visiting his grandmother and aunt, who live in the state, as well as other family members. He also plans to visit the University of Alabama before heading back to Florida to attend a camp at FSU.

After that he will be focusing on the 2011 season. Turman will be running the football with many new faces blocking. "We don't have any of the starters back on the offensive line, but it's good because honestly the new line is quicker and stronger although they are a little bit smaller. Some of the kids from the defensive line came over so there is not going to be a big gap."

Turman's teammate, quarterback Alton Meeks, also worked out the Auburn camp on Saturday before taking off to North Carolina to participate in a camp at Wake Forest.

Commenting on his camp experience and his first visit to Auburn, Turman says, "Overall, it was a fun trip. The camp went very good." He adds that he enjoyed getting a tour of campus and he plans to return to check out the Tigers. "I really like the people I met," he says.

Turman notes that he is still growing and that he expects to play his junior season at 205 pounds.

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