Gurley evaluates Clemson official

Four-star Todd Gurley, one of the top running backs in the southeast, took his official visit to Clemson this past weekend.

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The Tarboro High School senior set out for Clemson at 5 o'clock on Saturday morning with his parents and a friend. The group got into town a half hour before the Tigers kicked off their final home game of the 2011 season.

"We went to the hotel, went to the game and I missed them running down the hill. That's the part I really wanted to see," Gurley told

It was the first-time the No. 20 running back in the class of 2012 watched a game at Death Valley.

"It was good. It was a close game, but the fans were there the whole time during the game. It was just crazy, the whole atmosphere and everything," he said.

After dinner, Gurley spent time with several Clemson players.

"It was kind of all of us together. My host was Cortez Davis. Stephone Anthony, Shaq Anthony, Sammy Watkins -- there were some more people," Gurley said.

The current Tigers filled him in on the ins-and-outs of Tigertown.

"They were just talking to me about coaches, the place, just how it was set up," Gurley said. "They were telling me about the town, just how it's a relaxed town. There might not be too much to do, but you don't have to worry about too many people."

Before leaving on Sunday, he met with head coach Dabo Swinney.

"He was just talking to me about the whole town, how when he came in as head coach, just how they accepted him as the head coach," Gurley said. "We talked about the scheme and how they would use me if I came there. He seemed like a real cool coach."

What stood out about the weekend?

"The whole weekend, it was crazy. Just being around the players, they showed me a good time, just had me laughing the whole time," he said.

The 6-foot, 190-pound running back plans on running track in college, too. But it's not a deal-breaker.

"I was telling them I would try, but if it doesn't work out, time management-wise, I would drop track," Gurley said.

His "main event" is the 110-meter hurdles. He also runs the 100.

What'd mom and dad think of the trip?

"They loved it, my mom, my dad, my friend. They liked the whole thing. My mom liked the academic part of it, just how coach Swinney carried himself and him as a person. They liked it a lot," Gurley said.

Up next, "most likely" is an unofficial visit to Georgia this weekend. A trip to N.C. State is on tap for the following weekend. He hasn't decided if that will be an official or an unofficial visit.

The official visit to Clemson "definitely" helped Clemson's chances.

"I've always had UNC and Georgia tied. But it's definitely Clemson at No. 3 on the list and then N.C. State," Gurley said.

A decision will be announced at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 3.

As a junior, he rushed 139 times for 1,472 yards and 26 touchdowns and returned six kickoffs for 290 yards and two touchdowns Top Stories