On The Trail

Tarboro's Gurley chooses Georgia

Posted January 13, 2012

Tarboro High School running back Todd Gurley announced his decision on Friday to play college football at the University of Georgia. He joins another Triangle-area running back standout, Keith Marshall of Millbrook.

Tarboro running back makes college committment Tarboro's Gurley chooses Georgia

According to ESPN, the Gurley had narrowed his choices to the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Georgia and Clemson.

Gurley acknowledged that Clemson had long been his dream, but said the Georgia "felt like home."

"I wanted to play against the best competition, and that would be the SEC of course," he added.

Gurley, who was named the North Carolina Associated Press Player of the Year, ran for almost 2,600 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2011, helping the Vikings to a third straight N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship. Gurley ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns in Tarboro's 39-36 win over Lincolnton in the championship game.

After being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2-A state championship game, Gurley participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas where he rushed for two touchdowns, earning offensive MVP honors.

At 6-foot-1, Gurley is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com. He had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Minnesota, NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Gurley said joining Marshall, the top-ranked running back in the Class of 2012, was not a factor in his decision.

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  • Elem-Teach Jan 14, 2012

    Academically ineligible or transferred by junior season. Unless he is redshirted his freshman year, lot bench riding going to go on.

  • Honesty first Jan 14, 2012

    Not surprising he decided on UGA. If you had evr been there you would understand. Mark Richt is a great guy and is one of the biggest reasons that players decide on GA. As far as NCSU, TOBY has no personality, Fedora at UNC is unknown by many, and dabo and teh boys a Clemson are still trying to catch the WVa running backs.

  • heelbilly Jan 14, 2012

    another talent leaving the state... great ...

  • simplysavvy Jan 13, 2012

    I'm pretty sure they wouldn't recruit him to play defensive back. If Georgia wanted a DB there are plenty to choose from within there own state. He is a good running back and it would be a waste if he didn't play offense

  • Yessirboi Jan 13, 2012

    Has it crossed any of yalls minds that he might not be put on the offensive side of the football?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 13, 2012

    "Sorry State fans , I don't think you were ever really in the picture (just a courtesy listing). It has been UNC and UGa"

    Sorry, but no. I heard him in the presser saying it was Clemson or Georgia, but he felt better about Georgia.

    It's so much fun bringing the arrogant Carolina fans back down to Earth.

  • simplysavvy Jan 13, 2012

    This decision just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. UGA already has the number one back in the NATION from last year in Isiah Crowell and the number one back in the NATION from this years class in Keith Marshall. When does Gurley plan on playing? And wouldn't you rather dominate and play as a freshman in the ACC over probably not seeing the field until your Junior year and playing average because your going up against South Carolina, LSU and Bama's defenses? It might "feel like home," but so will that bench after a while

  • ttaylor58 Jan 13, 2012

    4 star by scout and espn.

  • ttaylor58 Jan 13, 2012

    Sorry State fans , I don't think you were ever really in the picture (just a courtesy listing). It has been UNC and UGa. for most of the process and then clemson swept in to look like the favorite and many were expecting them to be the pick. I think the SEC mystique and the Clem melt down in the orange bowl and the fact that Dabo is living on borrowed time as Clem's coach turned the tide.

  • ttaylor58 Jan 13, 2012

    I will take the odds against him flunking out he is a good kid and he has the talent to be a big time player at UGa. Anybody who has seen him play will tell you that.

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