Gurley Likes the In-State Schools

Tarboro (NC) tailback Todd Gurley has become a major target, particularly for the in-state schools and he gives Pack Pride the latest in this interview.

Despite the fact that the spring game was called early due to weather, Todd Gurley had a fantastic time in Raleigh on Saturday.

Gurley, one of the state's top prospects from the current class of juniors, visited NC State over the weekend because he wanted to see what the 2011 edition of Wolfpack football is going to look like before they take the field in the fall.

The 6-0, 190-pound running back told Pack Pride over the weekend that he's mostly focusing on the three Triangle schools, NC State, Duke and UNC, with each school having a good chance. Gurley plans on taking a few official visits early in the fall, and he will surely have some summer plans.

That means any visits he takes now will probably be followed up with others, so we shouldn't read too much into where he stands at any given moment.

That said, Gurley had a great time in Raleigh and liked what he saw, especially from the fan base.

"I just came from the spring game at State on Saturday," Gurley said. "It hadn't started storming yet and they were out there in some good weather. The game was good. There were a good 15,000 people there, which is good for a spring game.

"I was just out there to watch the offense and I really liked to see they have that kind of fan support."

Gurley is taking a close look at the offense each school recruiting him employs. He said he could see himself lined up in NC State's offensive backfield.

"I looked at their offense and I really liked it. You can catch the ball or run it. Plus, they didn't sign a running back this year and that really boosts my interest a lot."

Gurley said he has now visited NC State about four times. He has brought both his mother and his father up to the school to meet the coaches in the past, including for two of the Pack's spring practices leading up to the game on Saturday.

For now, it's clear the in-state schools, including NC State, have the advantage.

"It doesn't really matter whether I stay in-state or go out of state but I am kind of looking at the in-state schools," Gurley admitted. "My family would like me to stay in-state. If I feel an out of state school would be best for me then that's what I'd do though."

Gurley said he is also considering Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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