Gourley will make his way to ECU on Saturday April 12 to participate in Junior Day and watch ECU's Purple and Gold spring scrimmage. He's looking forward to the experience and to finally meet the coaches.
"It will be my first time on campus," said the 6-foot, 285-pound Gourley. "I have heard a lot of things about ECU from a relative that got their Masters degree there. I've heard it's in a beautiful college town and is a big school."
Since it's still early in his recruitment Gourley has yet to speak with ECU's coaches – it would be a violation of the NCAA's rules. With the being said, some of ECU's coaches have been by his school and spoken with his coaches.
ECU is one of the many in-state schools that have been pursuing Gourley. Although he has yet to receive a Division I offer, one could be on the way soon.
"A lot of North Carolina schools have been interested in me," said Gourley. "N.C. State has been the most aggressive. I've been on two unofficial visits there, I went to a Junior Day and I watched a spring practice. I've been invited to a quite a few Junior Days in N.C. I've also been hearing from UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Davidson and oddly enough Brigham Young."
Gourley had a busy summer in 2013 taking multiple visits to the schools interested in him. Being raised in a house filled with UNC alumni, the visits have helped keep him neutral in his recruitment. He knows it is still early and plans on taking his time while he learns more about the colleges interested in him.
Summer 2014 will be another busy one for Gourley. He will take visits to as many schools as he can in N.C. including Duke, UNC, Davidson, N.C. State and UNC Charlotte. Gourley also sees himself attending camp at ECU if the coaches would like him to. His coaches at South Iredell have told him camps will be where he can prove himself since his height has been in question.
Despite the height concerns, Gourley is confident in his ability. He shines at the center position.
"I'm a multi-purpose center," said Gourley. "I'm used to the no-huddle fast tempo spread offense, which makes me a fast-paced center. I do a lot of pass-blocking, but am also comfortable with run-blocking.
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's fast-paced offense would be a good fit for Gourley. Depending on how this weekend goes, he could find himself with an ECU offer. Either way, this weekend will be eye-opening experience for both Gourley and ECU.