KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Buford (Ga.) running back Christian Turner said seeing was believing at Tennessee’s Junior Day on Saturday.
“They offered me last week, and I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Tennessee, so I decided to come see for myself and everything was up to expectations,” said Turner, a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder. “That football stadium, seeing it in person, it’s just amazing.”
Tennessee got its first glimpse of Turner and his Buford backfield stablemate, Anthony Grant, when the staff worked a satellite camp at Buford High School in Georgia.
North Carolina State offered both backs that steamy June 13 day, while the Vols stayed in contact, Turner said.
Grant was also present at Tennessee’s Junior Day and also has a scholarship offer.
“I’d say that (June satellite camp) was the start of my recruitment,” said Turner, who picked up five other scholarships last week in addition to Tennessee. “I’ve been talking with the coaches and kept in touch.”
Turner ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash last summer, while Grant turned a 4.35 — both blazing times for high school players.
Turner said he was watching highlights of Alvin Kamara before he came on his visit to Tennessee, to better get an idea of how he might be used in Butch Jones’ offense should he choose the Vols.
“I can see myself like (Kamara), and I was just watching his highlights before I came here,” Turner said. “I wanted to see how they used him here, and how I could fit here.”
Turner said he’d like to be committed to a school this spring, but he plans to visit North Carolina State and Missouri before moving forward.
Other schools who have offered the 3-star back are Miami (Fla.), Louisville, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wisconsin and Tulane.