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Third-ranked Georgia running back Christian Turner excited about Michigan future

Buford (Ga.) running back Christian Turner committed to Michigan and spoke with Scout about his decision.

After receiving nearly 30 scholarship offers, Christian Turner committed to Michigan.

"It feels great to be completely confident and comfortable with my future as a Wolverine," said the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Turner. "The message Michigan sent about my future and how they would develop me as a player and person beyond football stood out.

"When I visited, the whole offensive staff greeted me at the door, too, and I got that family-type feeling. That also really grabbed my attention."

Turner hopes to compete for early playing time.

"They made it clear that if you're ready ready to play, you'll play -- no matter what year you are in the program," Turner said. "I'm going to go in and compete and make the most of it. I want to contribute to team as soon as possible."

The Buford standout's relationships with the coaches played a big role in his decision.

"I've been talking to (running backs) coach (Jay) Harbaugh and (linebackers) coach (Chris) Partridge," Turner said. "My relationship with them is great and we always stay in contact. I call them two to three times a week.

"They were actually the first people to ask me how the Nike regional camp went and congratulated me on getting invited to The Opening."

He is looking forward to playing for head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Turner said. "It's still kind of shocking that I'm going to play for a coach who has coached in the NFL and Super Bowl and also had so much success at the college level.

"When I talk to him, I can tell he really values me as a person, not just a player. He wants to see you succeed on and off the field and that's the type of coach I want to play for at the next level."

Turner is the fifth commitment in Michigan's 2018 recruiting class.

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