Faith, Family, and Football

For A.J. Turner, committing was more than just about the football. Take a look at what the four-star had to say this past weekend in Columbia at the Gamecock showcase.

Class of 2015 four-star South Carolina commit A.J. Turner was in Columbia this past weekend to visit the Palmetto State for the Gamecock showcase. The running back said he was stirring up the recruiting train with uncommitted prospects during the camp.

“It was great, I had the chance to recruit some guys, you know, got to meet some new people,” Turner said.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to recruit and have fun and just showcase your talents.”

Turner mentioned he had the chance to befriend class of 2015 prospect Mon Denson, who received an offer from the Gamecocks this past weekend.

The LaGrange, Ga.-native stands as a three-star running back and has more than 15 offers from different schools, like Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Iowa State. 6-foot, 207 pounds, Denson was regarded as one of the top performers at the camp this weekend, and it looks to be true by his offer from Carolina.

Turner was very upbeat about the talent on the field at the camp and noted these were some guys he wants to be behind in his college career.

“Regardless of the position, I was like hey South Carolina is the place, you know, I’m going there, so you need to come.”

But to the Clifton, Va.-native, it wasn’t just about football that brought him to South Carolina.

“My number one thing was campus ministry,” noted the class of 2015 commit.

“Because I’m really involved with my faith, so church is my number one thing. They have an awesome church here, with over 50 plus disciples, and it really had a big part in my decision.”

Along with Turner’s involvement in campus ministry, he regarded academics playing a big role as well.

“Ms. Maria, she’s like my second mom, she’s telling me what to do, I’m not even here yet,” laughed Turner.

Maria Hickman has been a game-changer for academics at South Carolina. Every year, the standard has improved, and the football team earned its highest GPA ever during the Fall of 2010. The team continues to excel in academics, placing members on the SEC Honor Roll each year.

That SEC role plays a big part in Carolina’s recruitment process. Proclaimed, predicted, and prepared, the Gamecocks were named to win the SEC Eastern Division title this year, and Turner notes it was another factor in his decision.

“The football part, it’s SEC ball, I’m going to a good position. I’ll be one of three running backs on scholarship, I believe. So, it will be me, another freshman, and a junior.”

“So, I think you can’t really beat that.”

Turner will finish out his senior season at Centreville High School. In 2013, he notched 1,240 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns and 440 yards receiving and five touchdowns. will keep you updated on the class of 2015 as it continues to grow and develop.

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