Gurley Still Favoring Heels

In spite of the changes to the Tar Heels' coaching staff, North Carolina remains Todd Gurley's leader.

"It doesn't change much," Gurley said. "It kind of roughs it up a little bit. I still think UNC is a good school and it's in state. It's just kind of shocking to see that Coach [Butch] Davis has been fired."

Since Davis was dismissed Wednesday and Everett Withers was named as the interim head coach shortly thereafter, and this is an NCAA non-contact period so coaches can't directly call recruits, Gurley hasn't spoken to any member of UNC's coaching staff. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound tailback from Tarboro (N.C.) plans to reach out to Ken Browning, his area recruiter and UNC's running backs coach, sometime this week.

"I want to let the dust settle and see how things are going and see how training camp is going," Gurley said.

Gurley doesn't yet have an opinion on UNC's selection of Withers as its interim head coach.

"I think I met him before, but I'm not sure," Gurley said. "I don't know too much about him."

Gurley hopes to speak to Withers on the phone or possibly meet him during his next visit to UNC. He has no imminent plans for a return trip to Chapel Hill, but said he could attend a preseason practice or one of the early season home games.

Within the next month or two, Gurley would like to make a verbal commitment. But he said he might postpone those plans to see what takes place at UNC's hearing before the NCAA infractions committee in October.

"Hopefully, the NCAA would have a decision on what they want to do with Carolina by that time," Gurley said. "I might decide before or I might just wait until [the NCAA make a ruling]."

Regardless, committed or not, Gurley plans to take all five of his official visits. He already has one trip scheduled – Georgia during the weekend of Sept. 10 when the Bulldogs host South Carolina.

"I'll probably take like three [official visits] during the season and the last two after," Gurley said.

Gurley is in the process of scheduling additional official visits to Auburn, Clemson, UNC, and NC State. Those programs makes up his top five schools list. However, Virginia Tech will receive a chance this weekend to join the fray and bump a school out when Gurley unofficially visits Blacksburg.

"I just want to see what they have to offer," Gurley said. "I want to give them a chance."

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