UNC Remains Gurley's Favorite

After recent visits to Clemson and Georgia, Todd Gurley decided to make a return visit to North Carolina on Friday.

"This was my first time actually talking to every coach and talking to some of the players," Gurley said.

The trio of visits has helped Gurley, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound athlete from Tarboro (N.C.), establish order to his top five schools list. His list consists of, in order, UNC, Georgia, NC State, Clemson, and Auburn.

"With those schools, I like the relationships I have with the coaching staffs," Gurley said.

With the exception of Auburn, Gurley has been able to make visits to all five favorites. He doesn't anticipate visiting Auburn until his official visit schedule.

"I'm done with visiting schools for the summer," Gurley said.

Although he plans on taking all five of his official trips at some point, Gurley will make a verbal commitment before finishing his official visit schedule.

"I'll commit, but I'll still take visits," Gurley said. "I'll be ready to make a commitment in the next month or two."

Through the recruiting process, Gurley has built a relationship with Keith Marshall, a five-star running back who is considering most of the same schools. The two have discussed attending the same college.

"At the end of the day, we have to pick the college that is best for us," Gurley said. "If it works out, that would be good. But if it doesn't, we're just picking the best decision for us."

During Friday's visit to UNC, Gurley spent approximately four hours on campus. Most of the time was spent with UNC's coaching staff, specifically Ken Browning and John Shoop.

"They just talked to me about different stuff," Gurley said. "They talked to me about life. Everybody was just talking to me about my trip to France for track. We talked football, but most of the time we just had a regular conversation."

After UNC's "Beast of the Hill" seven-on-seven passing tournament ended, Browning and Shoop had a film session for Gurley.

"We watched a couple of plays that they run in the offense that they run," Gurley said. "They showed me how they would use me. They showed me a whole lot of run plays and a whole lot of passing plays."

Gurley's visit also included spending time with UNC players Bryn Renner and Jonathan Cooper.

"It was good just seeing what type of people they are," Gurley said. "I was just asking them questions like ‘Why did you choose this school' and just trying to get information about the coaches from them."

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