UNC Making Up Ground For Gurley

Todd Gurley made his latest visit to North Carolina on Saturday for the basketball game against Duke.

"Just knowing that if I were to go to North Carolina, I'm going to have a fan base that's a community that's going to support me," Gurley said. "It showed me a lot about Carolina's fan support."

With the recent addition of NC State, Gurley's scholarship count has risen to four – Duke, East Carolina, UNC, and now NCSU. All four schools are primarily recruiting the 6-foot, 190-pound athlete from Tarboro (N.C.) as a running back, his preferred position.

Duke remains as Gurley's leader, but UNC is closing quickly.

"[Duke] is no heavy [leader] – it's just Duke has a little advantage," he said.

"I just feel like I'm developing more of a relationship with North Carolina than when I first started talking to them. I'm more open and I'm talking to them more."

The majority of Gurley's Saturday visit to UNC encompassed the basketball game.

"I was going to go to Franklin Street afterwards, but I was kind of tired, so I just went home," Gurley said. "[Before the game] I went to the Basketball Hall-of-Fame, but other than that I just came up there for the basketball game."

Throughout the game, though, Gurley sat with Ken Browning, UNC's running backs coach and he also had a brief conversation with John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator.

"It was just ‘Hey how are you doing,'" Gurley said. "It wasn't a huge type of conversation. They were talking about me getting back on campus for a spring practice so I could talk to the coaches more."

Gurley plans on accepting the invitation and attending a spring practice, as well as the Tar Heels' Spring Game on April 9.

Gurley is also in the process of scheduling trips to Clemson and Maryland, and making return visits to both Duke and NC State.

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