- Billy Tucker, Scouts, Football Recruiting
A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) fills a big need in this class at the running back position. While Gurley and Marshall have proven to be legit SEC runners, aside from Ken Malcome, there is not a lot of depth at this key position. Turman may have to work into the rotation early in his career but this is potentially an every-down workhorse for Georgia down the line and a back who brings a strong downhill feel to the position in a style similar to Gurley but lacks the size of Georgia’s leading rusher at this time.
He will fit well in offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s pro-style, two-back packages. This is a decisive, square up quickly and get North type of back that lacks a lot of flash and elusive lateral movement. More of an inside pounder who is going to press the hole on lead and counter plays and get the yards that are blocked for him and some tough one on his own through second effort. A yards after contact back who has a load-back feel. Good speed but not a game-breaker. We expect Thurman to physically be ready to contribute early but may have to wait some time for his bulk of carries.