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July 20, 2012

Four-star back visits Tennessee

Tennessee again hosted one the of country's top running backs Friday when Rivals250 member A.J. Turman made his way up from Florida to check out the Vols.

After hosting numerous running back targets already this spring and summer, Tennessee again tried to impress one of the nation's best.

"It was nice. I got to see all the facilities. I got to talk to all of the coaches. It was a nice trip up here," Turman said.

With few visitors on campus, Turman was able to speak to all Tennessee coaches and spend a good deal of time with running backs coach Jay Graham. The message was clear; the Vols are looking for a talented running back to carry the rock for the Vols in the future.

"I think I talked to all of (the coaches). I can't think of anyone I didn't talk to. I talked to coach Graham a lot," Turman said. "They were just telling me how I should come and how I would fit in and fit into their offense and everything and they talked to me about the future and how the team is looking next year."

Turman said the Vols like the 6-foot, 205-pound running backs' power and that's what they are looking for as Derek Dooley continues to rebuild the Vols' roster.

"My power and how I could bring to the team at the running back position and lowering my shoulder and powering through," Turman said. "That's the big thing with the SEC now, big running backs and he was telling me how they were trying to head the offense that way and how I would fit into that."

Graham is spearheading Turman's recruitment and the two have developed a relationship over the past several months. Friday, Graham was giving him a preview of what the relationship would be like if Turman was to become a Vol.

"Our relationship is good. I talk to him on Facebook a lot," Turman said. "I talk to him about everything from (the) depth chart to the direction they're trying to take the team in the future and how that affects me. And then, me as a running back and how he could make me better and how he could develop me."

The highlight of the visit for Turman was touring the Vols' soon-to-be-finished additions to the football complex as well as touring Neyland Stadium.

"They're doing a lot of remodeling in the weight room and everything looks nice, that stood out," Turman said. "How big their stadium is, the whole tour, it was just real nice."

Turman has now visited Georgia and Tennessee in consecutive weekends and plans to see Florida State next weekend. For now, Turman said there is no top group and he's still evaluating his options.

"I'm still just looking around," Turman said. "Right now I'm just going to keep visiting schools and see how I feel so then I can narrow it down."

Turman added he will take all five official visits and the Vols are very likely to receive one of them.


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