Gurley Returns to Chapel Hill

Todd Gurley returned to North Carolina on Saturday to watch the Tar Heels take on Miami.

"I just figured it would be a good game – you know two good teams," the 6-foot-1, 192-pound tailback from Tarboro (N.C.) said. "I just wanted to come and see the game, and just to get back on campus."

Although the game had the makings of a Miami blowout early on, UNC clawed its way back in during the second half and nearly pulled off an improbable come-from-behind win in the final seconds.

"The game was good," Gurley said. "Miami got off to a quick start, because of turnovers. But it was a good game. Carolina kept fighting and started to make the comeback but just came up short."

Saturday's game was Gurley's second at UNC. He previously attended the Tar Heels' season opener against Division I-AA James Madison.

"The atmosphere was kind of like the first game," Gurley said. "The first game, it was the first game of the season, so everybody wanted to be there – so that was a good crowd, too."

During pregame warm-ups on Saturday, Gurley was singled out and pulled onto the field where he conversed with Everett Withers.

"It felt kind of good [to be singled out]," Gurley said. "It just shows how they feel about me. He was just telling me how they feel about me."

Withers and Gurley are pretty well acquainted. The two speak at least once a week on the phone.

"We just talk about regular stuff," Gurley said. "We talk about my season. He tells me how they're getting prepared for whoever their opponent is."

Following Saturday's game, Gurley had conversations with assistant coaches Ken Browning and John Shoop.

"They were just talking about the depth and just the game," Gurley said. "They were thanking me for coming back up there."

Gurley's stay also included meeting UNC's next athletic director, Bubba Cunningham.

"He told me I was the first recruit he had talked to," Gurley said. "He told me he was a football guy, which is good to know."

Gurley plans on continuing to attend games unofficially for the rest of the season, but he doesn't have any definite plans.

"I'm just going to plan those the week of," Gurley said. "I don't have any plans right now."

Officially, Gurley visited Georgia for the South Carolina game. He doesn't have any other official trips scheduled, but says UNC and NC State will likely receive an official visit after the football season.

Gurley, who plans on announce his collegiate decision at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 3, still lists Georgia and UNC as his co-leaders.

Prior to playing in the All-American game, Gurley will represent North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

"It feels good just to be able to go out there and represent my town and my state," Gurley said. "It should be a fun experience."

For the Shrine Bowl, Gurley was hoping to share the backfield with close friend and fellow recruit Keith Marshall, but that opportunity won't present itself.

"It really messed things up, because they were going to use me in the power I and then Keith in the spread," Gurley said. "[Marshall] and his parents decided to play in one all-star game [and chose the Under-Armour All-American Game], because he's graduating early. I understand where he's coming from, though."

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