When asked is he was apprehensive about two-a-days in August, Georgia signee Michael Turner said, "No, I am ready to hit. The last time that I hit was our last game."
Turner, from Atlanta's Brookwood High School, said that he shopped around before choosing Georgia but settled on the Dawgs when he took his trip to Athens because of the players that were committing to Georgia as well as Georgia's coaching staff.
"Coach Richt carries himself so well. When he talks to you there is no pressure. He listens to what you have to say."
According to Turner that was not the case in all of his recruiting trips. Turner indicated that he did not like the type of pressure that other coaching staffs placed on him as well as other players in the recruiting process.
"A lot of the other places that I visited wanted me to commit right there in front of them. I was not comfortable with that"
Although Turner did not grow up a Georgia fan he became one when Georgia hired Richt.
"Coach Richt turned it around up there."
Turner has had a chance to meet with a lot of his fellow signees because of the Georgia-Florida High School All Star Game. For Turner, like many of the other Georgia signees, the game gave affirmation that Georgia was the place for him.
"It was such a great experience. I enjoyed it a lot. I met Michael Cooper, Demario Minter, and Antonio Mercier is a great guy. Michael is real quite and always has a smile on his face. They made me feel like a part of the team."
Turner will not be playing on the offensive line, as sometimes happens with high school tight ends. In fact, the coaching staff has made it clear that they want him to play at or around the 230-pound area, clearly meaning that he will play tight end.
Matt drills, the infamous conditioning workout that Richt and company brought from Florida State, could help Turner achieve that goal. But Turner is not overwhelmed by the thought of matt drills. In fact he feels prepared.
"We do something very similar to matt drills at Brookwood. The big difference is the time. Here we only go for 30 minutes, at Georgia they go for 90."
It is not yet clear if Turner will enroll at Georgia to take summer school classes. He says that he is "talking it over with my parents."
The Brookwood star added that he is unclear on what his major will be when he enrolls, but indicated that it will probably be either business or criminal justice.
Turner was also a little envious of the players that have already enrolled at Georgia.
"I would have enrolled early if I could have, but I decided to take my visits."
Turner added that he was not concerned about the possibility of redshirting. "They say it will be up to me. That we will wait to see how I react to the speed of the game when we get to two-a-days."
The speed of the game might be too much for him, but Turner is fierce and can't wait for the opportunity to make a name for himself.
"I am ready to hit somebody."
Next week: Tim Jennings