High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: Tarboro

Todd Gurley commits to Georgia

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For the second time in a month, Georgia has reeled in a star running back from the state of North Carolina.

Tarboro senior tailback Todd Gurley announced his decision to be a Bulldog during a Friday press conference at his school, putting him in the same strong recruiting class as his close friend and former Millbrook tailback Keith Marshall. Marshall committed to Georgia in December and enrolled this month.

Click here for more on Gurley's commitment. Special thanks goes to Todd for giving readers a glimpse inside his recruitment through a diary with ESPNHS during the season.

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
ToddGurleyTom Hauck/ESPNHSTodd Gurley, a senior tailback at Tarboro (N.C.), will announce his college decision on Friday. His top four schools are Clemson, Georgia, NC State and UNC.
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro (N.C.), is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Clemson and NC State, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience leading up to his decision through a diary with ESPNHS.

What's up World!

This Friday the 13th at 2 p.m. is when I will be announcing the school that I'll be taking my talents to next year. On this blog, I will be writing about my top four schools.

The first school I'd like to talk about is UNC. Now, UNC was one of the first schools I had at the top of my list from day one, just to be able to visit them so many times helped me get a feel for the college, and actually at one point of time I thought that was gonna be the place for me for the next four years. But when all the NCAA investigation stuff happened, I kind of fell back to see how everything was gonna work out. I still always kept them on my list, though.

With NC State, if you don't know, one of my bros committed there in K'hadree Hooker (Follow him on Twitter @bighook74) and I also got cool with a lot of other recruits during this process who had committed there. So I knew I would have NC State on my list the whole time. Plus, it's close to home, so all of my family and friends could come see play. Also, being there multiple times on campus to basketball games, the spring game and the football game vs. Maryland — the atmosphere was crazy!

My next top school is UGA, which is a school I visited three times and I see why people say it's a great school. First of all, the food is the best and that's my favorite thing about the school. My bro Keith Marshall goes there now and that would be good to have two NC boys in the backfield representing for our state. Plus, the relationship I developed over time with (running backs) coach Bryan McClendon and coach Richt has been great. Two great coaches running a great program.

My last school is the Clemson Tigers, a school I always wanted to play for after watching C.J. Spiller run there and break records. That was something I dreamed about and now that I have the opportunity to go there, it's just crazy to have my dreams come true. My Clemson visit was the best out of all the schools I visited because the time I had with the players was so much better then every other school, so that's a plus in my book. Even though they offered me late and stopped recruiting for a while, I didn't really care about that because that's just the business of it, so it didn't affect me too much.

I'd like to thank God first for blessing me with this opportunity, my coaches, friends, family, and my town of Tarboro. And a special shoutout to my bros who have been with me through this recruiting process — K'hadree Hooker, Keith Marshall, and Ronald Darby

That's it for now. Thanks for reading all my blogs, follow me on Twitter for more updates @TG1UNO and stay tuned Friday at 2 p.m. for the big announcement!
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a diary with ESPNHS.

What's up World! Your boy TG is back with another blog to keep everyone updated with everything.

First off, I want to let y'all know me and my teammates are the defending back-to-back-to-back Class 2A state champions — or as you can call it, the three-peat! I had 21 carries for 246 yards and four touchdowns in my last high school game and I couldn't have done it without my O-line and the rest of my team and coaches. (This was a season to remember with my friends with all the things we've been through, but we never used excuses. At the end of the day, we did what we always do and that's win.

I just spent the week at the Shrine Bowl, representing my state, NC, and my town, Tarboro (252). It was fun seeing a couple of my bros on the team and meeting a lot of other players It was a great experience and I'll be back next week with another blog about the trip and our win. [Editor's note: Gurley rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Carolina to a 26-19 win and earn Offensive MVP honors.]

Recruiting wise, I haven't been doing too much until the past couple weeks. Since the season ended, I've had in-house visits with Clemson, UGA, UNC, and NC State. They were all good visits but I can't lie — those visits can wear you out a lot!

Well, that's it for now. Don't forget to check me out on Twitter @TG1UNO.

My top schools: UNC, UGA, Clemson, and NC State.

The Five Days of List-Mas: NC's A-List

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!



Today: A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in North Carolina? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Thomas Graham (SR), Cary Academy, Cross Country
Credentials: Four-time NCISSAA 3A state champ, ninth at Foot Locker Nationals, No. 20 in DyeStat rankings

4. Braxton Ogbueze (SR), United Faith Christian, Basketball
Credentials: Florida recruit, nation's No. 35 player in ESPNU 100

3. Todd Gurley (SR), Tarboro, Football
Credentials: State's No. 2 running back, led Vikings to three straight Class 2A titles, Semper Fidelis All-American

2. Rodney Purvis (SR), Upper Room Christian, Basketball
Credentials: Nation's No. 16 player in ESPNU 100, N.C. State recruit, 2011 Elite 24 participant, friends with Washington Wizards star John Wall

1. Keith Marshall (SR), Millbrook, Football
Credentials: Georgia recruit, Nation's No. 6 player in ESPNU 150, 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year, Under Armour All-American, school's all-time leading rusher

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Final North Carolina football rankings: Greensboro Page is No. 1

December, 5, 2011
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The road was anything but easy. Standing in Greensboro Page's way was two-time defending champ Butler, top-ranked Mallard Creek and a juggernaut in Garner. With each test, though, the Pirates plowed through the competition all the way to the Class 4AA title, the state's final No. 1 rankings and the No. 20 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50.

In the final, Page downed Garner, 35-21, behind dual-threat QB James Summers, who earned championship game MVP honors after throwing for two touchdowns and totaling 247 yards. Five first-half penalties did in the Trojans, who outgained the Pirates 156-83 in the first half but fell behind by 14 points and never recovered.

Coming in a close second is Scotland, which was nothing short of dominant in the 4A playoffs. Culminating with a 42-16 championship win against Porter Ridge, the Fighting Scots outscored their postseason opponents, 248-66.

Scotland did have mount a comeback after falling behind 13-0 in the first half to Porter Ridge, but behind fourth-down conversions and a pick-six, the Scots scored 42 of the game's next 45 points to secure their first title.

In other championship games: Northern Guilford beat Crest in the 3AA title game for the second straight year, Havelock dethroned three-time defending Class 3A champ West Rowan, and Tarboro won its third straight 2A title with a 39-36 win against Lincolnton behind Todd Gurley's 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Here are how the final state rankings shake out:

1. Greensboro Page (15-0)
Earned top spot after downing two-time defending champ Butler, previous No. 1 Mallard Creek and finally, powerhouse Garner in the Class 4AA title game by the score of 35-21.

2. Scotland (15-0)
Capped undefeated season and dominant Class 4A playoff title run with 42-16 win against Porter Ridge.

3. Garner (15-1)
Trojans came up short in Class 4AA title game, falling 35-21 to Greensboro Page.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly North Carolina football rankings

North Carolina football championships preview

December, 2, 2011
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Preseason predictions, records, past history — throw them all out the window. This weekend, it will all come down to one game in deciding who's No. 1.

4AA: Greensboro Page vs. Garner (3 p.m. Saturday) All season long, both of these teams have quietly made a case for being the state's top team. In the last two rounds, Page knocked off Butler and Mallard Creek, teams that most figured had the best shot at winning the title. Meanwhile, Garner has blown up the scoreboard and blown out opponents, putting up 40-plus points in 10 of their last 11 games while letting the backfield of Juwan Moye and Demetrius Fairley run loose. Offensive firepower isn't a problem for either team, which makes defense the X-factor. Page has used late turnovers to rally in the last two weeks, while Garner stuffed a potent Jack Britt run game in the final quarter to pull out its semifinal win.
My pick: Garner 38, Greensboro Page 35

4A: Scotland vs. Porter Ridge (7 p.m. Saturday)
Jack Britt coach Richard Bailey told me about a month before the season that Scotland was going to be really good this season. I know I said throw out the predictions, but clearly the long-time coach was dead on. Scotland has used its talented QB Kwashaun Quick, wealth of rushers and impressive skill players on defense to run the table so far this year. Porter Ridge has a formidable QB in Lee McNeil and has the ability to pull out gritty wins. The Fighting Scots have had little trouble with their playoff opponents thus far, but Porter Ridge is likely to change that.
My pick: Scotland 31, Porter Ridge 27

3AA: Crest vs. Northern Guilford (7:30 p.m.Friday)
These two tangled in last year's title game with Northern Guilford prevailing 21-20 for the crown. The Nighthawks enter as the slight favorite again, riding a 13-game win streak and a formidable RB in T.J. Logan (2,264 rushing yards, 34 touchdowns). Crest star DL Jonathan Bullard and the rest of the Chargers D will need to be at their best to slow Logan. So will the Chargers offense, which has hit its stride after changing schemes midseason and found production behind Rhaheim Ledbetter, a Florida commit who has 1,027 rushing yards and 19 scores but is actually better at DB.
My pick: Crest 21, Northern Guilford 20

3A: Havelock vs. West Rowan (11 a.m. Saturday)
West Rowan is going for its fourth straight title, but unlike in years past, Havelock enters as the juggernaut. Havelock is averaging 51.5 points per game and has put up at least 62 in three of its four playoff wins. Quarterback Garrett Rowe has played a big part, throwing for 3,208 yards and 36 touchdowns. But for as serious as those stats are, West Rowan's experience and talent on both sides of the ball grants its the tools to slow down the Rams.
My pick: Havelock 42, West Rowan 35

2AA: Kinston vs. West Stokes (3 p.m. Saturday)
The road to this point hasn't been easy for either team. Kinston has needed several cardiac comebacks to down Bunn and Reidsville by a combined five points while West Stokes used a furious fourth-quarter comeback to erase a 12-point lead and beat Shelby in the semis. West Stokes has a fiesty defense led by sack machine Tyler Bullard. but Kinston counters with several playmakers in QB C.J. Bradshaw and running back Shaheed Swinson.
My pick: West Stokes 24, Kinston 17

2A: Tarboro vs. Lincolnton (11 a.m. Saturday)
Tarboro is back in the title game for the fourth straight year in hopes of winning its third straight crown. All of you are familiar with standout tailback Todd Gurley from his ESPNHS diary and it's safe to say Lincolnton's plan will be to stop the senior. Gurley has fought through injury to top the 2,00-yard mark and power the Vikings to wins, including a late score in last week's semifinal round against South Columbus. The run game will be a concern for the Tarboro D, too, which has to find a way to thwart Lincolnton's tricky triple-option offense.
My pick: Tarboro 21, Lincolnton 18

1AA: Ayden-Grifton vs. Swain County (11 a.m. Saturday)
Ayden-Grifton pulled off the major upset last week, downing two-time defending state champ Wallace-Rose Hill, led by QB Brandon Larry (242 total yards, two score). Will this be enough to knock off a surging Swain County squad?
My pick: Ayden-Grifton 24, Swain County 21

1A: Jones County vs. Murphy (7:30 p.m. Friday)
Murphy began the year 0-3, but with a dual-threat QB that can pile up the stats in Seth Curtis (more than 3,200 total yards), the Bulldogs are back in the title game for the second straight year. Jones County, which is making its first championship-game appearance, will be looking for the upset.
My pick: Murphy 34, Jones County 25

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a recruit diary with ESPNHS.

What’s up, world!

It's been a while since my last blog, but I’m back with another one to keep everyone informed about what’s been going on recruiting-wise and during my football season.

Let's talk about the season right now. Our record is 10-2 and we're in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs. Most people said we wouldn’t make it out the first round — even people in our town. But one thing I can say about us is that we don’t pay attention to what critics say because at the end of the day, you’re always going to have people saying good or bad things about you. We've been on this seven-week journey so we have three more weeks left until we go for our third straight championship title.

I took my second official visit this past weekend down to Death Valley to see the Tigers clinch the Atlantic Division for a spot in the ACC Championship. My time down in Clemson was great. I loved it, especially the game day atmosphere, even though I missed the most exciting 25 seconds of college football with the team running down the hill and touching Howard's Rock. I got a chance to meet a lot of the 2012 recruits who have already committed to Clemson, like Chad Kelly from New York. Later that night, we went out with some of the guys from the team. My host was Cortez Davis, but we all were together so there were other guys like [former ESPNHS cover boy] Stephone Anthony, Sammy Watkins and a bunch of others who were cool.

Clemson seems like a chill, relaxed town. There might not be much to do every day, but I need that because it will keep me focused on my priorities like school and football, which are the two most important reasons I'm in college.

Last week in the playoffs, we beat Northside, the state’s No. 1 Class 2A team which hadn’t lost a game before that point. This week, we’re taking on Holmes, another undefeated team, at their place, so me and the boys are ready for this challenge.

I’m out, world. It was nice getting back with y’all on another blog. Stay tuned for more to come before my big decision on Jan. 3!

My top four schools (in order): Georgia and UNC (tied), Clemson, N.C. State
The rosters were released today for the 75th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, a contest pitting the top prep football players from North Carolina and South Carolina in what is the nation's oldest high school all-star football game.

Of course, there's plenty of star power, but some familiar names from North Carolina made the list, like our recruit blogger, Todd Gurley from Tarboro, as well as South Lenoir's K'Hadree Hooker.

Click here for the complete North Carolina roster and here for the complete South Carolina roster. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on December 17 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a weekly diary with ESPNHS.

What's up world!

I have a big rivalry game this Friday against Southwest Edgecombe, so if there’s one game y’all want to come see me play, this will be the game. Me and my teammates always look forward to this game. We expect nothing but greatness from each other and to come out with a win.

We lost our last game in overtime. It turned out to be a three-and-a-half hour game and the final score was 54-48. One thing I can say, though, is we never gave up. We also didn't panic, even when we were down late in the fourth quarter — that's why I love my teammates. I feel like if we play the rest of the season like we did last Friday (minus the turnovers), no team can beat us. Losing is not something that happens to us very often. Our senior class has only lost three games our whole high school career, and two of those losses happened this year. We know what it takes to win close games and be champions, so we just have to stop beating ourselves.

Recruiting is going pretty good. It’s not too stressful but I’ll be glad when its over. But like I always say, I'll only go through it once, so I got to enjoy every moment of it.

I want to also congratulate Georgia coach Mark Richt on his 100th win against Tennessee on Saturday!

Let’s talk about the music I listen to. My favorite rapper is of course Lil Wayne — he’s the best rapper alive. I have other rappers I listen to, like Wale, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, and Lil Boosie, but I listen to all kinds of music: R&B, pop, rock and a little bit of country music.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter at TG1UNO. Thanks for helping me get to 1,000 followers!

Top schools (in order): UNC and UGA (tied), Auburn, N.C. State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a weekly diary with ESPNHS.

What's going on, world!

So they cancelled our game again on Friday against Northern Nash due to the weather, but tell me why it didn't even rain last night?! So now we have two games next week on Monday and Friday (against Greene Central), but it doesn't matter because me and my boys are just ready play some football. The crazy thing is that this is our fifth game of the season but only our first home game, so we are really pumped up to finally play at home. The last time we played at home was Dec. 3 in the fourth round of the 2A playoffs against East Bladen, which was the same team we faced the year before.

I've decided to play in the USA vs the World game on Feb. 1 (which is National Signing Day) in Austin, Texas. The reason I picked that game is because of this past summer when I ran with the USA in the World Youth Championships in France. I met lifetime friends there and made memories I will never forget, so I feel this will also be another moment to make some great memories.

People asked me how I feel about UNC taking action this week and punishing themselves but I haven't really thought about it much. [Note: In response to a recent agent scandal and anticipation of an NCAA hearing, UNC vacated its 16 wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons, docked itself three scholarships for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, placed itself on two years probation and fined itself $50,000.] It's not that big of a deal to me right now, but if the NCAA was to keep the punishment that UNC gave itself, then I'm pretty cool with that. My main thing is to go to a school where I can be a part of the run to a bowl game. But for now, I'll just have to sit back and wait until the investigation is over.

So you all can get to know me better, let's talk some about food. I kind of eat anything; I'm not really a picky eater. But when I'm home, the best thing to cook is pizza and hot wings. Lol. It's a quick way to cook — just put it right in the oven. If you ever come to Tarboro, you have to try some of my friend's parents' dip. It's the best, and me and all my friends love when they make it. I haven't figured out the recipe yet, but they told my mom so I'm glad she can make it for me every week now.

Well, that's it for this week, world. Catch you guys next time.

My top schools (in order): UNC, Georgia, Va. Tech, N.C. State, Auburn and Clemson.

Week 5 NC Football: Hillside, Southern battle for Durham supremacy

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We're five weeks into the football season, which is around the time the contenders begin to separate from the pretenders. Here's what to watch out for this weekend:

Hillside (3-1) at Southern Durham (2-2)
Southern Durham is desperately in need of a win after dropping two straight games, and as a result, out of the top 10. On the other hand, Hillside has played well since falling in its opener. The defending 4A champs have been led by running back Khris Francis on offense and All-State DL Jamal Marcus on defense, making for a balanced attack. Most of Marcus' focus tonight will be on Southern Durham QB Dorian Belcher. who has played well despite the Spartans' struggles. In last week's overtime loss to Dunbar, Belcher finished with 224 yards and three touchdowns. Southern will put up a fight, but it won't be enough to take down a surging Hornets squad.
My pick: Hillside 24, Southern Durham 21

Nash Central (4-0) at New Bern (3-1) Ever since defeating two-time defending 2A state champ Tarboro to start the season, Nash Central has been on a tear. Credit quarterback Jalen Hendricks, who has excelled as a dual threat with 658 total yards, six touchdowns and zero turnovers. New Bern's offense has been just as electric of late. After giving up 51 points in a loss to Havelock, the Bears have put up 114 points (!) in their last two games. Though I doubt they'll put points at the same ridiculous rate, expect the 4A Bears to extend their win streak against the 3A Bulldogs.
My pick: New Bern 30, Nash Central 24

Millbrook (3-1) at Broughton (1-2)
Millbrook should have the advantage in this contest, but the main intrigue comes at the tailback position. Of course, Millbrook boasts the nation's top running back in Keith Marshall, our cover boy for the ESPNHS September mag. Meanwhile, Broughton is led by recent Va. Tech commit Chris Mangus, who had 251 rushing yards and three scores in leading the Capitals to their first win of the season.
My pick: Millbrook 24, Broughton 17 (Oh, and I've got Marshall winning the yardage battle against Mangus)

Myers Park (3-1) at No. 2 Butler (3-1)
Who would have thought these two teams would have the same record when they met up? Myers Park is off to its best start since 2005, when it ended up reaching the state semifinals, but Butler is...well, Butler. Minus a few lapses, the Bulldogs have looked like their scary selves since losing to No. 1 Mallard Creek. Expect the four-headed offensive monster of QB Riley Ferguson, RB Josh Glisson and WRs Uriah LeMay and Zach Ferguson to keep chugging along.
My pick: Butler 40, Myers Park 21

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a weekly diary with ESPNHS.

What's going on, world!

This past weekend, I took my first official visit down to UGA to see them play South Carolina. Of course, you know Georgia didn't win, but just to go and see my first Bulldog (and SEC) game was amazing. The atmosphere of the game was live, and to see all those people dressed in red at the game was impressive.

My official visit was mostly like my unofficial one, except this time my parents were with me, so I could actually show them why I was considering Georgia so much. Before we even left Athens, they could see why.

It was a long weekend. I had a game Friday night against North Edgecombe, which we won 46-6; then, about an hour later, we hit the road to drive almost seven hours to Athens. We got a couple hours of rest, but before we knew it, we were starting the day off.

We had some time to talk to the athletic director, who obviously thinks very highly of the school and the way coach Mark Richt handles things.

After the game, we spent time with our hosts, redshirt freshmen Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley. We got to ask them some questions and they kept it straight up with us. Later, we went downtown for a little while and it was live. There had to be about 3,000 people out there, so that was cool to see that they like to party out there in Athens.

The best part about the visit was going back to the cafe because I've been waiting to go back since my last visit. That’s plus for UGA because I think they have the best cafe in country; the food is the best.

The other good part was going to have dinner at coach Richt’s house. Just sitting down and talking with him and my family was cool. My little brother was playing with his sons, David and Zach, having a good time. Even my little brother loved Georgia and he’s only 5 years old.

I think a lot of Coach Richt. He’s very good person and also a family man. Those are things I look for in a coach because he knows what’s its like to be with kids and treat his players like a family.

My visit was good and I will definitely be back in Athens for another Saturday game. Thanks to all the fans who showed me love and havebeen supporting me through this recruiting process.

I've set my next official visit to Virginia Tech on Oct. 8 when they host Miami so I'll be looking forward to that visit as well.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @TG1UNO. I’m close to 1,000 followers, so please help me out. Thank you! I’m out, world!

My top six schools (in order): UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Auburn and Clemson.
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a weekly diary with ESPNHS.

What’s up, world! It’s your boy, Todd Gurley

This past week, we had to face Hurricane Irene, which destroyed the town and school pretty bad in Tarboro. The power was out for a couple days and most people didn’t get it back on until Tuesday. But other than that, we’re just blessed to be alive.

This past weekend I took an unofficial visit to UNC with my boys Ryan, Jacob, and Deshan to see them Tar Heels play against James Madison. It was my first UNC football game and second college football game ever. The atmosphere was pretty good, which I expected it to be. I've gone to a UNC basketball game before and it was similar. But if there's one thing you don't know about me, I'm a huge Duke basketball fan. That will always remain the same, no matter which college I go to.

I'm just ready to get the season started again on Friday against one of our county rivals, North Edgecombe. We were supposed to play last Friday, but due to the conditions of my school, the game was canceled and rescheduled for Sept. 23. Me and my teammates are just hungry to get back on the field Friday and show what we've been working for all summer.

I will be taking my first official visit this weekend to Georgia with my parents. We’re looking forward to getting down to Athens and watching them Dawgs bounce back from the loss against Boise State and hopefully get a win versus South Carolina. Also my boy, Keith Marshall [a star running back at Millbrook] will be taking an official visit down in Athens that same weekend.

I’m going to set up a few more visits soon and I’ll be talking about them here on my blog, so stay tuned for that. I know for a fact that I’ll be taking official visits to Virginia Tech and Auburn.

As far as recruiting, I’m just enjoying the whole process. You only go through it once, so I’m making the best of it. Right now, though, I’m just really focusing on my senior season and trying to win our third state championship.

I'd like to take this opportunity to shout out [Tarboro assistant] coach Cox, who had hip surgery last week. Please keep him in your prayers to get well soon so he can get back on the field with us this season.

OK, peace out world. I'm about to get my head in these books. Once again, I appreciate everyone reading this. Go Vikings!

My top six schools (in order): UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Auburn, Clemson
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro, is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a weekly diary with ESPNHS.
Note: Starting Sept. 5, Gurley's entries will run every Monday


What's up, everyone? It's your boy Todd Gurley, but whenever you see me, you can call me TG. I play football for Tarboro High School, the two-time defending Class 2A state champions and home of legends Kelvin Bryant and Shaun Draughn. Both played running back at UNC.

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Nash Central stuns defending 2A champ Tarboro

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As if there weren't enough upsets over the weekend, yet another defending state champion went down Monday night, as Nash Central stunned defending 2A champion Tarboro, 38-28. The contest, which was moved from Friday due to bad weather, saw the Vikings' 23-game win streak come to an end.

With the score knotted at 20 after one quarter, Nash Central scored 18 unanswered points to take control of the game and avenge a 20-0 loss in last year's meeting.

Today I caught up with Tarboro's Todd Gurley, who scored three times in the losing effort. And while he was disappointed, Gurley said the key would be turning the defeat into a learning experience.
"It was just a lack of discipline, but we'll refocus this week and come back with a different mindset, as a unit."

Speaking of Gurley, check back Friday for the first installment of his recruit diary as he chronicles the weekly happenings leading up to his big college decision.



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