January 13, 2012

Georgia 'felt like home'

TARBORO, N.C. - After a day full of speculation, Tarboro (N.C.) athlete Todd Gurley will be a Georgia Bulldog.

The three-star prospect (who is scheduled to get a big bump then the new rankings are released next week) kept everyone guessing until the last minute, but decided that Georgia would be the next step in his academic an athletic career in a press conference held at Tarboro High School.

"After thought and prayer, I have decided to take my talents to the University of Georgia," said Gurley. "Go Dawgs."

Gurley's good friend and Georgia commit Keith Marshall had been furiously recruiting him to play for the Bulldogs, but Gurley insists that other things played a bigger factor."I took it out of the situation and gave the decision to God," said Gurley. "It just felt like home every time I went up there. It felt like it was the place I needed to be, plus the relationship with Coach (Mark) Richt, who is just a good guy, and Coach (Brian) McClendon."

Playing in the SEC also played an important role his decision.

"That (playing in the SEC) was a big factor, " said Gurley. "Playing week in and week out against the best competition."

Despite the fact that the decision became clear, Gurley admits that nothing about the process as easy.

"It was very difficult just having all of these great schools recruiting me," he said. "It kind of came down to Clemson and Georgia and me taking that visit. I kind of love Clemson and always wanted to play there, but deep down inside Georgia is where my heart was at so that's where I needed to be."

Gurley took his official visit to Georgia on September 9 and watched the Bulldogs fall to 0-2 on the season with a heart breaking loss to South Carolina.

Although he witnessed the slow start, Gurley was never really worried.

"It didn't really bother me too much because they lost to two great teams. Boise State had a lot of experience and a lot of seniors and South Carolina just had a great team," said Gurley. "Then I came back for a visit for the Kentucky game and watched them clinch the East and how big that was for them."

Now that he has made his pledge to be a Bulldogs, Gurley will no begin recruiting for his future team.

"There is a linebacker in Georgia, I can't remember his name, but I am going to try to get him, and my good friend Ronald Darby," said Gurley.

With just a few months left as a high school student, Gurley is not shy about his expectations for himself at the next level.

"The plan is to go in, no redshirting, and be ready to play," he said

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