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
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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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