With six watches on him, Tarboro (NC) tailback Todd Gurley wowed everyone in attendance at the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Williamston with a blazing time of 4.33-seconds. Throw in the fact that you're talking about an athlete that measured in at 6-1, 192 pounds and the rising senior quickly established himself as one of the premier in-state prospects.
When reviewing last year's stats it's apparent that Gurley isn't just about combine numbers. He finished off his junior season with 1,472 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns on offense while adding two scores on special teams. He also tallied 79 tackles and an interception from his safety spot on defense.
Pack Pride talked to Gurley recently and he brought us up to date on his ever-growing list of interested colleges.
"UNC, Duke, NC State, East Carolina, Notre Dame and Auburn have offered me," he said. "I've got other schools coming at me like Wake Forest, Tennessee, South Carolina and Clemson. They're starting to show interest in me.
"My coach said I'm going to have big time schools in football coming at me so the decision is getting tougher. It's just a process I'm going to have to be ready for."
So is Gurley destined for one of the perennial football powers?
"Not really. I just want to go to a place where I can play and where it feels like family but it's not really going to be based on the school's history. Like with Duke, they haven't really had a great season but if I feel like they're the best place then I would go there."
UNC has a long history in Tarboro and have chiseled out a slim, early lead with Gurley. The Heel's charge has been led by his recruiting coach and potential future position coach.
"Carolina's out front a little bit right now," said Gurley. "Every school is kind of the same but just the relationship I have with the running back's coach (Ken Browning) since he recruits me.
"He's just a down to earth person and we can talk about anything, not just recruiting. I'm just starting to get a feel for him and just the relationship UNC has with Tarboro."
Gurley has also made numerous trips to NC State and he said he is now beginning to forge a relationship with the Wolfpack's running back's coach.
"I'm starting to build a relationship with them because my recruiting coach, I wanted to build a relationship with the coach that would be coaching me so I've started to get to know the running back's coach (Everette Sands). Coach Willis is recruiting me but he knows coach Sands is going to be coaching me so he wants me to get to know him better."
Duke was an early leader for Gurley and the fact they've made him one of their top priorities has helped keep the Blue Devils in the hunt.
"With Duke, I'm like number one on their list so and they're doing a pretty good job of recruiting me so there's a lot of stuff I have to think about."
Gurley doesn't have a time table for a decision and added that he hopes to hear more from South Carolina and Clemson in the future.
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