Hectic Weekend for Gurley

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Todd Gurley had a busy weekend. After running in the NCHSAA 2A State Track and Field Championship on Saturday, he participated in the Nike Camp on Sunday.

At the NCHSAA 2A State Track and Field Championship, Gurley, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound athlete from Tarboro (N.C.), placed first in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.13-second time and fifth in the 100-meter dash with a 10.71-second time.

"I feel pretty good to win the state championship and compete against the best, especially Kedrick Davis from Berry Academy – good job to him for setting the 2A State record [in the 100-meter dash]," Gurley said. "It was good seeing what I could do against people like him."

Although losing the 100-meter dash noticeably bothered him, Gurley is happy with what he accomplished in the 110-meter hurdles.

"[The 110-meter hurdles] is my main event," Gurley said. "I practice hard for that. I came in last year with the best time, but came in seventh place. So ever since May 15 last year, I was working hard to win the 110-hurdles and I got a personal best of 14.13."

Since both he and Davis are juniors, Gurley plans to apply that same mentality to the 100-meter dash for next track season.

"I'm going to just keep working hard in the 100, but also everything that I do," Gurley said. "I'm just trying to compete against the best and come out on top."

With his track season taking up much of his time the last few weeks, Gurley has paid little attention to his recruitment. He has, though, given his recruitment enough attention to assemble a top three of Duke, North Carolina, and NC State.

Duke has been Gurley's leader for much of his recruitment, primarily because he grew up a Blue Devil basketball fan. However, slowly UNC has found a way to dethrone it's in-state rivals to become a "slight" leader for Gurley.

"It's just the coach that recruits me, which is the running back coach, Coach [Ken] Browning," Gurley said. "Just the relationship I have with him [has pushed UNC ahead]. He's just a down-to-earth person."

Gurley says the proximity of his top three schools is a mere coincidence.

"I was a late bloomer," Gurley said. "Those were the first three schools to come visit me and offer me scholarships. Now, more schools are coming, so I'm just I have my options open to everybody."

With that said, Gurley says his recruitment has the potential to grow regionally or even nationally.

Gurley has an interesting approach to the recruiting process.

"I'm looking at it like a girlfriend," Gurley said. "There are different types of girls, but you're looking for that girl that you know that is right. So I'm just going out with the schools and looking for the one that's right for me."

Gurley doesn't have any upcoming visits planned, but figures to visit several schools over the summer. He also plans on taking most – if not all – of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

"I don't want to commit and then take official visits [to other schools], because I don't think that's fair to the school that I committed to," Gurley said.

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