Turman talks Tennessee

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The Tennessee Volunteers are in desperate need of a running back, or two, in the 2013 recruiting class after the departure of 2012 signee Davante Bourque.

Saturday, the Vols played host to four elite-level running backs for their contest with the Florida Gators including three-star prospect A.J. Turman.

Turman, an Orlando, Fla., native, is ranked as the No. 32 running back in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT and was impressed with the atmosphere created by 102,455 screaming Tennessee fans.

"It was a great game," he said. "I have never seen so many fans in one place. It kind of reminded me of the Alabama and LSU game that I went to last year. It was a great atmosphere, a great crowd and it is a nice place to play a game and watch a game."

A 6-foot, 200 pounder, Turman is a bruising back that can scoot, running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He plans to see Florida State next weekend and Georgia in the near future, but Tennessee definitely impressed.

"Tennessee is a great school they are one of my top schools right now," Turman said. "They are definitely a school I am looking at."

Turman finished their week one victory over West Orange (Fla.) High School with 33 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

Turman and Boone High (Fla.) School are undefeated through two weeks of play and are scheduled to hit the grindiron on the road against Timber Creek (Fla.) next week. The senior tailback hopes to keep things rolling after a great start.

"It is going pretty good," he said. "We are undefeated and we have a pretty good team this year. I am looking forward to leading my team this season."

FOX Sports NEXT national analyst Scott Kennedy had 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"

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. 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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