Three-star RB impressed with Vols

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With space in Tennessee's 2013 recruiting class at a premium it will be imperative that the Volunteers sign a running back this February, but the list seems to be ever-changing.

However, one player the Vols fans will want to keep an eye on is three-star bruiser A.J. Turman, who visited Rocky Top this past weekend with his family in tow.

"It went good," Turman told InsideTennessee of the visit. "I got to talk to the running backs coach a lot and see the facilities. My parents came with me and enjoyed it. We just enjoyed ourselves.

"I really wanted to go down to Tennessee and see the school. I really wanted to see Tennessee and some other schools so I could start to narrow down the schools that I really like."

Turman, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, has offers from Tennessee, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among others.

Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham will likely be key in Turman's recruitment to Tennessee.
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One thing that did stand out for the Orlando, Fla., native at Tennessee was newly renovated Football Training Facility, which he said is one of the best in the nation.

"The facilities were really nice," he said. "Tennessee had one of the nicest facilities that I have seen so far on a recruiting trip. The academics were great too. I got to see how all the tutoring and everything works — that stuck out to me too. Facilities and education both really stood out to me at Tennessee."

While education will be the key for Turman, his position coach will be a major factor as well, which bodes well for Tennessee with former Vols running back Jay Graham heading up to running backs group.

"First will be education and my position coach will be big too," he said. "That is who I will spend the majority of my time around — that will be big for me. The type of kids they recruit and who they already have will be important too. I also want to keep in mind what school will develop me as a player and a person."

The Boone (Fla.) High School prospect racked up 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns on 174 carries as a junior and has displayed 4.6 40-yard dash speed to accompany his large frame. FOX Sports NEXT national recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy has the following to say of Turman:

"A power runner who attacks the line of scrimmage, Turman accelerates well out of one cut that attempts to punish would-be tacklers. He has good speed, but won't be considered a burner, but his power lets him break tackles and get big chunks of yardage.

"Drives his legs well after contact and pushes a pile forward. Tends to run a bit high in traffic and will need to get lower. A workhorse who can handle 25-plus carries."

Turman, who hopes have a top five by the end of summer, won't make a decision until following his senior year, but will likely see the Vols a few more times before that time comes.

"I am going to come back and go back to some games and then I will consider them for an official visit too," he said. "I am thinking about FSU, Clemson and some other schools before the end of summer too."

You can see highights from Turman's junior season with Boone High below:

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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