Heels Still Gaining Ground with Gurley

Since the beginning of his recruitment, Duke has been Todd Gurley's favorite school, primiarly because he grew up a Blue Devil basketball fan. However, a couple visits to North Carolina and NC State are slowly changing his feelings.

"I think Carolina is gaining a little bit more ground and NC State still is right there, too," Gurley said. "I'm really starting to change my whole mindset. I'm used to winning state championships in high school. So I would love to go to a program that has a chance to win a championship. So, I'm liking Carolina a whole lot more.

"And getting to know the coaches better, that's just pushing me more toward Carolina a little bit."

Gurley, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back from Tarboro (N.C.), made his third recruiting trip to UNC this past Saturday for the Tar Heels' Spring Game.

"This visit, I got to see the team, what they have, the type of offense that they run, and just everything on how they run their system – do I like their system or not, can I see myself playing for the coaches," Gurley said. "I like the way they run their type of offense. They give [the ball] to their running back, a lot."

Gurley has never been in attendance for a game at Kenan Stadium. However, in 2008 he played in the NCHSAA 2A State Championship game in the stadium.

"Now I see they're putting more money into the stadium, which is nice," Gurley said. "[From the outside the new addition] looked kind of small, but when you get on the field it looks much bigger."

Following the game, Gurley had a 15-minute conversation with Ken Browning, his area recruiter and UNC's running backs coach.

"I'm just starting to get more comfortable with him," Gurley said. "I don't think a ‘back scored [during the spring game], so he was like ‘This is why we're recruiting you – for you to make big plays.' With my size, I can break tackles. And I have the speed.

"He said they are recruiting two or three running backs, so they can share carries and keep each other fresh. I think that's pretty smart – it saves the running backs' body."

This Saturday Gurley will attend NC State's Spring Game.

"I'm trying to get to Auburn next month and I'm trying to get back on UNC's campus after that," Gurley said. "During the summer, I'm going to do camps. I'm going to do a Carolina camp, just to boost my interest in them."

Gurley doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until the fall, after taking his official visits.

"I plan on taking all five [official visits], but I'll probably wind up taking three," Gurley said.

All of the aforementioned schools have offered Gurley a scholarship, with the exception of Auburn.

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