November 21, 2011
Gurley takes second look
Top Georgia runningback target Todd Gurley made time to get to Athens for the Dawgs final home game of the season, saying he wanted to squeeze in one more experience before he missed his chance. He had taken his official visit with friend and fellow top prospect Keith Marshall in September for the South Carolina game but had not been back to the Classic City since.
Gurley made it just in time to watch the Dawgs secure, and celebrate, the SEC east title, an experience he said was pretty crazy to witness.
“It was good, just to get back on campus because I am going to be busy in December, so I was trying to get down there for that last home game, just to see the coaches and everything. I was just trying to get down to the schools that I had narrowed my list down to and I wanted to make sure I visited one more time before I make my decision in January” Gurley said. “After the game in the locker room, it was crazy, they was hype. There was a slip n slide on the mat, even coach (Mark) Richt was doing it, so it was pretty exciting. It was like thing that’s on the sideline, well that had something like that in the locker room and they were throwing water on it and it was just crazy.”
Gurley might not have seen the Dawgs playing at the top of their game against Kentucky Saturday afternoon, but he did get to see, in person, the glaring holes in the Bulldog’s backfield.
“Coach Richt and coach (Bryan) McClendon, so they were just telling me, they couldn’t make it much more specific on how much they needed runningbacks because they were depending on their third, fourth-string runningback to play. So really just telling me that and just having regular conversations with me,” Gurley said. “Seeing that, just having a great opportunity to come in and just have the chance to get playing time as a true freshman, really just a good opportunity to play for a great school.”
Gurley said he wasn’t surprised by the Dawgs success, saying he had confidence even back during his official visit that they would be able to right the ship and get back to the Dome in December.
“Even when they was 0-2, I didn’t really think bad of them, like, when everyone is talking about coach Richt being on the hot seat, I was like, no,” Gurley said. “I knew the team was young and they had to fix a couple of things but now they are on a nine game win streak. So I expected them to get this far and win games and things like that, but I just think that that was just good just to show people what they can do.”
Georgia is currently in Gurley’s top four schools, which additionally consist of Clemson, NC State, and UNC, and he said he “really thinks a lot of them.”
He said he loves the atmosphere of the games and can easily see a future playing between the hedges.
“I just look at it like, you know, the crowd they have, so I can see myself playing at a lot of schools, but it’s just looking around and then seeing the opportunity I have, I just look at it and can see myself playing for them. It’s just the atmosphere in the stadium, it’s amazing,” Gurley said. “I think it’s a great school, and then the coaches and stuff. Then it’s in the SEC, so it’s great competition. But really just the relationship I have with the coaches; that’s what I like about UGA.”
Gurley will be taking his official to NC State this weekend and will be set to announce his decision on January 3rd.
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