Gurley Sets Announcement Date

After spending months mulling over his decision and announcement plans, Todd Gurley has decided on the date and location that he'll go public with his college plans.

Gurley will announce his commitment on Jan. 3 during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

"Growing up, I've always wanted to commit on national television," Gurley said. "It will be a memorable moment.

"I'll probably know my decision before then, but it feels good knowing that I'll have a set date to commit on. I'll probably know what I'll do around December and I'll just tell the coaches, but I'll make my announcement then to everybody else."

For much of his recruitment, North Carolina had been Gurley's leader. However, an official visit to Georgia earlier in the month has pulled the Bulldogs dead even with the Tar Heels – and virtually made it a two-horse race for the 6-foot-1, 192-pound, Tarboro (N.C.) product.

"Being at both of those schools, I can see myself playing at both of them – I like the coaches [and] the whole atmosphere," Gurley said. "Georgia is like a home away from home. UNC is actually close to home."

The official visit to Georgia provided Gurley his first opportunity to attend a game in Sanford Stadium– a 45-42 loss to South Carolina. The week prior he had attended his first football game at UNC – a season opening win against James Madison.

"There were way more people [at the Georgia-South Carolina game]," Gurley said. "It was like 92,000, sold out, [and] no seats empty. When I had gone to the UNC game, it was a good atmosphere, but they had a couple empty seats. At Georgia, it's SEC football, so the atmosphere was crazy."

Also officially visiting Georgia that weekend was Keith Marshall, a five-star running back whom Gurley has developed a strong relationship with through the recruiting process.

"It's good being able to visit with one of your friends and not by yourself," Gurley said. "Both of us can experience it together and talk about what we liked about it and what we didn't like about it. We're going to take official visits to the same schools, so we might as well take them together."

Gurley had one other official visit scheduled – to Virginia Tech – but that has since been canceled.

"There was just something going on, so I just canceled it," Gurley said. "I still have [Virginia Tech] under consideration, so I could reschedule."

Auburn, UNC, and NC State are the other likely official visit destinations for Gurley.

"I'll probably take my in-state [official] visits after the season, because I can go up there any time for a game," Gurley said. "But if it's an out-of-state official, I'll probably take it during the season."

This coming weekend, Gurley plans to attend the UNC-East Carolina game in Greenville, unofficially.

"Just sitting down and talking to my coach, we decided it would be a good idea to go up and visit ECU and see what they have to offer," Gurley said. "You can't pass on a school so close by when you don't know what they have to offer. I'm really going to see two schools close to my area play."

Come decision time, Gurley says location and conference affiliation won't be a factor. He's looking for a school he'll be comfortable at for four years.

Gurley does, however, have some concerns about what will result from UNC's meeting with the NCAA infractions committee in late October. Despite those concerns, he hasn't discussed the matter with the UNC coaching staff, whom he speaks with once or twice a week.

"We really don't talk about it," Gurley said. "They know the situation, so they really don't talk about it. I never bring it up, so they never bring it up."

Specifically, Gurley communicates with either Everett Withers or assistant coaches Ken Browning or John Shoop.

"They're just telling me how they feel about me and just talking about everyday stuff," Gurley said. "They're trying to get me back up there for another game."

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