A.J. Turman Commits to Georgia: Scouting Report for Bulldogs Newest Commit
Turman is considered to be the No. 17 overall running back in the class of 2013 by the 247Sports composite rankings, so he's obviously a very solid commitment for Georgia.
Here's what Turman had to say about his choice, via Derek Tyson of ESPN.com:
"It was a perfect fit for me," Turman said. "It was just an easy pick. I loved the community and the coaches there.
"I love the offense, it's the best offense I've ever seen for my type of running," he said. "I just can't wait to join and be a part of that offense. It's some pro-style, they throw the running back out in the flats and different things."
This is an important commitment for Georgia, as Turman is their first running back commit for the class of 2013. He's a very talented player, and I believe he'll be a very good option in the backfield for the Bulldogs.
Here's my complete scouting report on A.J. Turman:
- Name: A.J. Turman
- Hometown: Orlando, Florida
- School: Boone
- Position: Running Back
- Height: 6'0'' (247Sports)
- Weight: 205 lbs (247Sports)
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.48 (247Sports)
- Rankings: 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation), 3-star (Scout.com)
My first thought when watching Turman's highlights was that he reminded me a lot of Adrian Peterson in the NFL. He's undoubtedly a downhill runner who can play physical at the line of scrimmage, and he really gains a ton of momentum which makes him hard to tackle.
He has good feet and can cut or juke, but he appears to be a running back that would much rather lower his shoulder and run through a tackle. He's constantly running his feet and he gets from point A to point B in the quickest way possible—usually a straight line.
As physical as he is though, his forward momentum allows him to pick up some good speed in the second level.
One of my favorite qualities about Turman as a runner is that he's constantly moving forward. He runs with great pad level, which allows him to always be picking up positive yardage.
In the next few pictures you get a good glimpse of all that Turman can do. In the first, he shows great patience and vision by allowing his blocks to set up in front of him. Notice how his weight is shifted forward, and his pad level is low:
As he hits the hole, he's met with a defender who tries to arm tackle him, and this is where Turman displays great strength. It trips him up, but he's able to maintain his balance and keep running. You get a very good look at that forward momentum I was talking about in the picture below.
Finally, as with any powerful downhill runner, defenders resort to tackles like this shirt-grab, which Turman can easily break with his forward momentum on his way to a touchdown:
He's a very powerful runner, and I believe Turman can be extremely effective in the SEC for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Even though Turman can be a good edge runner, I see him being utilized more as a between the tackles guy at the college level, especially because edge defenders are going to be so much faster in the SEC.
He does have very good speed, but much of that comes from his ability to run low and gain momentum, so he's not going to be the type of runner that Georgia will try to send on a sweep in hopes of him getting the edge. That could work fine in high school, but he won't be as effective on the edges in the SEC.
How many stars would you give Turman?
Turman has the running ability to be a great downhill runner at the college level. He runs strong, he runs with great pad level, and he can be very effective once he gets to the second level.
He's a back that I can see Georgia utilizing between the tackles as a change-of-pace back, but he also can be a back that they can ask to carry the ball 20-to-30 times a game if needed.
With super Freshman Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall looking like the go-to guys for the next few seasons, Turman will definitely have to wait his turn to shine, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him used in goal line situations where Georgia can just hand him the ball and ask him to drive for a few yards.
Turman has the potential to be much greater than his 4-star ranking, and I believe Georgia will be very happy that they landed his commitment.
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