Morgan County's CJ Turman dunks the ball during a game last season. File photo

Morgan County’s CJ Turman dunks the ball during a game last season. File photo

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dog CJ Turman announced this week that he is committing to the University of Tennessee.

Turman, senior at MCHS this year, stated in an interview earlier this week that the University of Tennessee (UT) had been recruiting him since the tenth grade but had been “recruiting hard” since he became a junior last year.

One of Turman’s biggest deciding factors was the coaching staff, which Turman said would call him regularly to check up on him, making him feel like he was already “part of the team.”

The University of Tennessee was one of last three universities that Turman had been considering. The two universities that Turman ultimately decided against were the University of Houston and Mississippi State University.

Turman made the decision to commit to UT while visiting the school this past weekend.

MCHS Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons supported Turman’s selection and looks forward to what his decision could do for the rest of the program.

“I feel it was a great decision for him,” said Gibbons. “Great institution, great athletics, and awesome coaching staff.  I’m proud the progress he has made and this opens the door for the rest of the guys in our program. Tennessee is a big time school!”

Turman will begin his final year as a Hoop Dog in just a couple of months. Come out to support a future Volunteer and see some SEC, Division I-grade talent at MCHS.