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.
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.