High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: Warren Sapp

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 been a busy week. I had two games this past week on Monday and Friday, but I'm thankful we got both of those wins against Northern Nash and Greene Central. Our record is now 5-1 and we play Kinston this week.

This season is so different than last year because we're a younger team. Last year, we were young, but we all grew up hanging around each other all the time. We were all like brothers and always together. I feel this year's team is coming along pretty good. We just have to get our chemistry down, but we're heading in the right direction.

I spent the weekend down in Greenville with my friends and we went to see the ECU vs. UNC game. That was my first time going to a night game and it was wild! The students had a blackout and ECU wore purple jerseys.

As some of you might've heard, I set a date for announcing my college decision. I'm planning on doing it Jan. 3 at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. I figured it'd be cool to make my announcement on TV. [Editor's note: The game is at 6 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network and is expected to include 100 top senior football players.] I still haven't decided which school I'm going to, so stay tuned. Also, I'm not going to be able to take my official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend, but I plan on taking more visits later on.

Now let's talk about my favorite football teams. In college, I like the LSU Tigers, even though they didn't recruit me. I still like them...but then again, I'm still a little mad they didn't recruit me. Lol. But I'm just a huge fan of Les Miles. As for NFL teams, I have two favorites. Of course, my number one is my hometown favorite, Baltimore Ravens. My second team is the Tampa Bay Bucs. I've always liked them since I was young, growing up watching guys like Keyshawn Johnson, Warrick Dunn, Warren Sapp and Mike Alstott.

Well, that's it for now. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TG1UNO; I'm still trying to get to 1,000 followers!

My top schools (in order): UNC and Georgia (tied for first), N.C. State, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

Twinterview with K'Hadree Hooker

September, 8, 2011
On K'Hadree Hooker's Facebook page, it says his place of employment is "on the football field." Trust me, the South Lenoir star isn't lying.

Fresh off a junior campaign of 79 tackles and seven sacks, the senior defensive lineman has continued to wreak havoc on the football field this season for the 2-1 Blue Devils. Hooker joined me for a "Twinterview" (an interview in the format of a Twitter conversation) this week to discuss the season, his commitment to N.C. State, meeting up with Mario Williams and his unique pre-game ritual.

@bighook74 How do you feel your team is doing so far this year?
@brandoncparker In my opinion, I think we're doing pretty good. We've got a young team, but we work hard and I think we're going to surprise a lot of people.

@bighook74 What would you say has made you so successful in football?
@brandoncparker I study film a lot. Also, I played fullback as a freshman and played basketball up until this year, so that helped with my quickness off the line. I still want to get better at my pass rushing, though.

@bighook74 So how'd you go from fullback to playing on the defensive line?
@brandoncparker I came in at about 230 pounds and after my freshman year, my coach said he needed a lineman and moving there would be my best chance to play at the next level. So I put on about 50 pounds just getting in the weight room and eating right.

@bighook74 Of course, you committed to N.C. State recently, but before then, what was the recruiting process like?
@brandoncparker It picked up my sophomore year and it really got out of control in my junior year. It was wild, but a good experience. I got handwritten letters and cards in the mail from coaches wanting me to come visit. I got about 20 letters in the mail every day for a good while.

@bighook74 On Facebook, I saw a picture of you in an Auburn jersey standing next to the BCS championship trophy. What was it like to see that?
@brandoncparker Oh man, that was an awesome experience. It makes you want to get one so bad. I remember telling my mom after that that I had to get that trophy.

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