Three-star athlete Todd Gurley, the speedster from Tarboro (N.C.), had a busy summer between visiting schools, football practice and track. It was a successful summer though, as the standout athlete was able to visit most of his top schools and narrow down his long offer sheet.
Any favorites to this point?
"My top schools are Georgia, Clemson, Virginia Tech, UNC, NC State and Auburn," said Gurley. "Right now the two top schools are UNC and Georgia, with UNC leading."
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Gurley explained why North Carolina is at the top of his list.
"I just like the coaches and the whole atmosphere of the college," said Gurley. "It's just a place I can see myself playing at and attending school. Everything there is right."
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete, who is being recruited as a running back, has been on the UNC campus many times. What makes it different than other schools that he has visited?
"One thing that stands out is when I went to a UNC-Duke basketball game," said Gurley. "Just seeing the atmosphere and how the students support the teams was great. I like being there and being around the coaching staff. They are cool guys."
While North Carolina is in the lead, the departure of Butch Davis remains on Gurley's mind.
"It kind of impacts it, but not that much," said Gurley. "I know coaches leave, and I have a good relationship with the other coaches there."
With a list of top schools established, a final decision may be looming.
"I am waiting to hear what penalties will come from the NCAA on UNC, and then I am planning on making my decision," said Gurley.
Hot on North Carolina's trail are the Georgia Bulldogs.
"Georgia is a SEC school with great tradition," said Gurley. "I have a really good relationship with the running back coach there. When I visited there it was mind blowing. I could definitely see myself playing there."
Gurley's focus now turns to the football season where he is hoping to become a better team leader and help his team win another state championship.