Not Shying Away from Power

From Ron Dayne to Montee Ball, the success of Wisconsin's offense is reliant on a big, powerful running back to move the chains. If UW is looking for another for another workhouse, it appears Boone (Fla.) HS tailback A.J. Turman would be its type of guy.

MADISON - As he goes through the recruiting process, Boone (Fla.) HS tailback A.J. Turman talks about the number one importance to him is being a guy that always performs the best when coaches are watching, showing them how and why he would be a good fit for their program.

Turman doesn't try to pull the blanket over anyone's eyes because at 6-2 and 205 pounds, he feels his M.O. gives him a pretty solid foundation.

"I am a power running back," Turman told Badger Nation. "I am a guy that feels like he can gain more weight and still be a power back."

Not satisfied with a junior season that ended up with 174 carries for 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns, Turman has already started preparing his body for the next step. Since the beginning of last season, Turman has put on 15 pounds of muscle and wants to get his body up to 215 pounds before August, hoping to make him more dangerous heading into senior season.

"It's easy to do with working out and protein shakes, but it's hard with track practice because you don't lose that much weight," said Turman. "It's like a second job."

Throw in his recruitment and football is a full-time gig for him. Turman is approaching 20 scholarship offers and recognizes that when it comes to power running programs, it's hard not to notice what the University of Wisconsin has done during his lifetime.

"They have a good coaching staff and I really learned a lot about Wisconsin," said Turman. "I've done a lot of research about them and they have a really good running game and running history."

Turman called the Badgers' offer ‘surprising' because growing up in the south, he was convinced that he was only going to get offered by in-state schools or southern schools. After assistant coach Charlie Partridge got a hold of his highlight tape, Wisconsin started reaching out to Turman through Facebook, and opened his eyes to other opportunities.

"Coach Partridge said that I run with a lot of power and that I would fit into their offense perfectly," said Turman. "They say a lot of things to me that make me want to get to know them a little more."

Turman is in the process currently of narrowing down his list and is doing so through Facebook. Knowing college players at Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Miami, Turman has been getting advice on how to approach the process. His conclusion is although he wanted to play in the south, he now wants to go to the best program.

"I want to go anywhere that I fit in and whatever school would develop me the best," said Turman. "I want to make the next level if I can."

While he lists no favorites, Turman did admit that Notre Dame impresses him from an academic standpoint and schools like Florida State, Miami and Tennessee impress him from a competition standpoint.

"Those are big time college that got me excited," said Turman.

Turman grew up a fan of Miami and Florida and while the Gators haven't offered him, he admits that he expects to receive an offer from them in the future. Getting two in-state offers from his two favorite schools growing up is something Turman admits would be a dream for him.

Even so, Turman is going to send the next several months seeing if that dream is still the same.

"I'm going to travel to a lot of different places, take all my official visits and after the football season, I am going to make my decision," said Turman. "I am going to figure out my top five and go from there."

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