Georgia had an up-and-down recruiting day Tuesday.
The Bulldogs got a critical commitment from Boone (Fla.) three-star running back A.J. Turman — the Bulldogs’ lone current commitment from a running back for the class of 2013.
However, the Bulldogs also lost out on junior college defensive back Steven Nelson, who had been committed to Georgia since this spring. Nelson was expected to contribute right away for Georgia, but the Bulldogs have six other players committed to them in the secondary, including Newnan’s highly touted Tray Matthews.
Nelson (6-foot, 185 pounds) had been wavering in his commitment to Georgia for some time.
Turman (6-foot, 200 pounds), who has “above average speed and hits the hole hard” according to recruiting analysts at Fox Sports NEXT, is a very valuable commitment for the Bulldogs. Georgia spent much of the 2013 recruiting cycle with five-star running back Derrick Henry as a commit. But Henry dropped the Bulldogs in favor of Alabama in the fall — leaving Georgia without a running back in the class.
But with Turman’s commitment, Georgia can breathe a little easier in the running back department. The Bulldogs are still pursuing Alvin Kamara, a four-star running back from Norcross, but they are in a fight with Alabama to sign him.
Signing two running backs in a class has worked out well for the Bulldogs of late. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined to give Georgia their best one-two punch at running back since Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno in 2007.