September 12, 2011

Gurley takes it all in

Tarboro (N.C.) running back Todd Gurley was one of two top Tarheel state prospects for 2012 taking their official visits to Georgia this past weekend.

Fresh off his second visit to Georgia, Gurley said his stay in Athens was just as great the second time around.

"I thought it was great, just the team and getting to see the game, just the SEC atmosphere. Even though they lost, but they kind of gave the game to them but it was just a great atmosphere," Gurley said. "It was really just kind of like my unofficial visit before, but it was just about getting in my parents to see everything and then getting down there for a game."

The 11th ranked North Carolina target said he feels comfortable with the UGA coaching staff and was glad his parents were able to come, meet them, and check out the campus for themselves.

"My relationship with the coaches is just real good, especially Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (Bryan) McClendon, the running backs coach. We didn't really say too much because I know how they feel about me so it was more really just getting to know each other and just hanging out," Gurley said. "I didn't really ask any questions since I know, but it was really just more my parents asking questions since it was their first time getting down there. (My parents) liked it a lot, just the whole Georgia and then just from an academic standpoint."

Gurley didn't only come down with his family, but also with his friend and fellow running back, Keith Marshall. Gurley said since they happen to have similar interests in programs, they like to take advantage of the opportunity to take trips together.

"Me and Keith, we were together the whole time. We were trying to take our official together and we were really with each other the whole time. I know him a lot, he's a friend to me so we were talking football, we was really just talking about the game and really just Georgia but we were just having regular conversation like that," Gurley said. "We always talk so we always talk about the schools. We don't really talk about staying together, just all our top schools are just kind of the same so we take our visits together."

After his visit, Gurley said Georgia still shares top spot as his leader with North Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound speedster's upcoming officials include Virginia Tech and Auburn.

With things heating up on the recruiting trail, Gurley said he might take a little more time than he initially thought coming to his final decision.

"I was October, November, but recruiting is getting pretty good so I'm trying to wait for senior night, which is late October," Gurley said. "But I like a lot of things about Georgia, just to play and the whole town and the coaches, so I really like Georgia a lot."

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