Running back Christian Turner of Buford (Ga.) High School signed his national letter of intent with Michigan on Wednesday. Turner is a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. He committed to Michigan on April 10.
Meet Christian Turner
Running back has often been a position filled with “me” players, guys who need the football or who don’t share well. That’s not Christian Turner.
Turner comes from a program at Buford that has one other 2018 Division I commit in Anthony Grant (Tennessee) and a highly sought-after 2019 prospect in Derrian Brown. The trio combined for more than 2,600 rushing yards as Buford reached the Georgia Class AAAAA state semifinals.
“It’s a tough dynamic, but they never complained,” said Buford running backs coach Fyrone Davis. “They’ve gotten the job done.”
That unselfishness is something Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh looks for in players. It’s a balancing act as Harbaugh preaches competition and meritocracy — the best players will play after earning the job — but also a willingness to support teammates.
Turner is a 5-foot-11, 187-pound back. He’s not overly big but he has a stocky build and runs with quickness, good balance and strength. He rushed for nearly 800 yards as a sophomore, 1,100 yards as a junior and more than 800 yards in 2017 as a senior. He rushed for 37 touchdowns in the last three seasons. The dip in yardage in 2017 was due to his sharing the Buford backfield load with Grant and Brown. Brown’s increased role offensively allowed Turner and Grant to take larger roles on defense.
Turner was named first-team all-region and earned a spot at The Opening Finals last summer.
“I will be really surprised, in my opinion, if he doesn’t go to Michigan and at some point in his career become a really phenomenal football player,” Davis said. “He’s tough, he’s a high-character kid. He’s grounded, he’s a good academic student, he knows what he wants and he’s a competitor.
“He will be able to mentally handle it because he’s done it. He’s seen it.”