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Will UGA add another one of the nation’s top running backs to its 2012 recruiting class?

Todd Gurley, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Tarboro, N.C., will announce between UGA, Clemson and NC State shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.

RB Todd Gurley (247Sports.com)

RB Todd Gurley (247Sports.com)

“I think Georgia has a good shot,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst from 247Sports. “From everything I keep hearing, Georgia is in there with Clemson and NC State. I think it was a big deal for the other schools that he decided not to take an official visit to North Carolina because that’s one school he’s probably visited the most over the years. If things had gone differently at North Carolina, with the coaching changes and possible NCAA violations, they would have as good of a chance as anybody. But from everything I’m hearing right now, it’s probably going to come down to Clemson and Georgia as his final two, once it’s all said and done.”

Ironically, one of the biggest things in UGA’s favor with Gurley is that the Bulldogs already landed another running back, 5-star Keith Marshall from Raleigh, N.C. Marshall, who enrolled early in UGA this week, and Gurley are good friends, even arranging it where they could take official visits the same time at both UGA (for the South Carolina game) and Clemson. Since committing to UGA, Marshall has vowed to recruit Gurley and others with him to the Bulldogs for a class he’s dubbed “The Ring Team.”

Gurley, who is ranked as a 4-star, talked about UGA in his diary with ESPN High School Football:

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 Mark Richt has been great. Two great coaches running a great program.

If UGA was to land Gurley, there are rumors that it would end the courtship between the Bulldogs and arguably the top running back from the state of Georgia, Stephenson’s Mike Davis. UGA got heavily involved with Davis after he de-committed from Florida last month after being pledged to the Gators for nearly a year.

The 5-9, 200-pound Davis is scheduled to take an official visit to UGA on Jan. 20. He will announce between the Bulldogs, South Carolina, FSU, Tennessee and Clemson on National Signing Day (Feb. 1).

RB Mike Davis (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

RB Mike Davis (Photo by US Army All-America Bowl)

“That’s something I really don’t know, and I don’t think anyone would know except for Georgia,” Mansell said. “I think that would be a pull if Georgia could bring Mike Davis, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Just my opinion, but I don’t see that happening. If Georgia were to get Todd Gurley, that would probably end things with Mike Davis because he’s got other options as well.”

We contacted Davis to ask about the possible scenario: If Gurley committed to UGA, how would that affect how he felt about the Bulldogs? “It doesn’t affect me at all. There’s going to be competition everywhere you go in college.”

Davis was also asked about the rampant rumors that he is a “secret commitment” to South Carolina, where he will take an official visit this weekend. After pausing for a couple of seconds, Davis replied, “Wait until signing day. We’ll see.”

Back to Gurley: As expected, there are rumors everywhere on the Internet. Ryan Bartow of Clemson’s Rivals website reported that UGA’s Rivals website will be at the press conference because three UGA commits indicate that Gurley will pick the Bulldogs. Bartow also wrote that he felt like UGA was in the lead at the beginning of the week but now Clemson may have the edge after talking to his contacts within the last 48 hours.

Here’s a link to a 247Sports live blog at Gurley’s announcement.

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267 comments Add your comment

Preston

January 13th, 2012
3:29 am

i won’t say 1st

Bean Counter

January 13th, 2012
3:34 am

Would love to see Gurley wear the red and black. Good competition does nothing but make everybody better. We saw this year that you can never have too many running backs. Hopefully a good 2012 class will push Crowell, Malcom and the others to become stronger and better.

Danny Ford Forever

January 13th, 2012
3:35 am

Todd, forget about Georgia and their “creampuff” SEC schedules. What a joke. No Alabama, LSU, or Arkansas for two years and can’t win a conference title. We’re Clemson, the ACC CHAMPS and come play in Tigertown baby!

Mountain Dawg

January 13th, 2012
3:52 am

Git ‘er done, Dawgs!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

January 13th, 2012
4:05 am

Will never understand the allure of spending your college football career in the ACC when you have other options. It’s simply not a big boy’s conference. That said, best of luck, Todd, wherever you go.

Un-Tank

January 13th, 2012
4:08 am

West Virginia just scored again.

7576DAWG

January 13th, 2012
4:09 am

If Georgia win’s the east , they will play Ala., LSU , or ARK. next year. If we go undefeated and win the SEC we will play for the national title whether our regular season schedule is hard or easy.

BamaDawg

January 13th, 2012
4:20 am

Unfortunately, we don’t see the “competition improving people” at UGA. Take Murray or Joe Cox as a prime example! If CMR would open up every position as a Saban does, we might see true improvement or Murray crumble. Again, CMR is a great guy…but, does that make him a great coach and the answer is NO! If so, he would have fired Martinez long before he was forced to or benched Joe Cox…now, because of his loyalty with Bobo, we are going to have the same pathetic offense that cannot make adjustments or beat top-ranked competition!

I don’t care how many 4-5 star athletes we recruit, if they are not being coached up to a higher level, what good does it do? Look at our “National Recruiting Ranking” over the last 10 years…Top 10. And no matter what anyone says, CMR won the first couple of years with someone else’s recruits and a STRONG coaching staff. That staff was being offered other jobs every time you turned your head around. Do you honestly think that this staff goes through that,,,NO! And there is a reason for it. CMR cannot make the tough decision that a HC in the SEC has to make, especially at $3-4 million a year! We can expect the same mediocrity we have seen and UGA is too great of a place and has to much to offer than for what we are getting! Look at what Saban did in such a short time in Tuscaloosa…we can have all the players in the world, but if they are not being coached properly, it doesn’t mean crap!

Has anyone been to Tuscaloosa or South Carolina? I could never see wanting to play at these places after visiting a place like UGA. The atmosphere, the scenery, the people…not to mention the outstanding facilities…UGA is equal or better to T-Town in all of these. And this is from someone who has grown up in Alabama, partied and been to many games in Tuscaloosa and Auburn and I am proud of my state. However, I grew up a UGA fan and have never waivered. I love the Bulldogs and “live & die” with every play, every game. It infuriates me to no end that UGA is not considered among the “great” teams in college football. UGA deserves more and until the nitwit Adams moves on or McGarity wakes up…it will not happen for 3-5 years! There is NO excuse with what UGA has to offer!

I hope Gurley chooses the Dawgs and they can breath some life back into the running game that we haven’t seen since Knowshon left!

oakisland

January 13th, 2012
4:46 am

BamaDawg, you nailed it.

So Easily we forget...

January 13th, 2012
5:00 am

BamaDawgs,

Do you not remember 02, 03, 05, 07? Those were great years for UGA! Even this year was a great year considering the year before was a disaster. Losing Knowshan and Stafford early really hurt UGA for a couple of years but they now have reloaded and should compete once again for the SEC Championship next year. I get tired of Dawg fans thinking unless UGA wins the NC, it has been a terrible year. UGA had a good year this year and next year should be great.

Let me guess if UGA goes 11-1 next year and loses in overtime in the SEC Championship, they should fire CMR for not making it (once again) to the NC? Give me a break. We didn’t win the SEC championship for 20 years before CMR and we have won 2 and been to 4 in his tenure. So His 10 years have been better then the previous 19.

Go Dawgs

Bigdsel

January 13th, 2012
5:03 am

I want which ever running back is gonna Put all his heart into putting a championship back at UGA

GADAWG92

January 13th, 2012
5:23 am

If we get Gurley, I think Davis goes to SC. Lattimore is probably gone after next year and UGA will be loaded with Crowell, Malcolme, Marshall and Gurley for at least 2 years. So share the backfield with 4 other top backs for 2 years or start (maybe) his second year at SC. I just don’t see Davis wanting to join a backfield this crowded. Would love to have him though.

Palm City Dawg

January 13th, 2012
6:04 am

BamaDawg, head on back over to North Avenue.

UGA Fans Boo Freshman RB's

January 13th, 2012
6:28 am

“The Ring Team” is probably unaware of the rednecks that will be booing them.

JB

January 13th, 2012
6:37 am

The last 4 recruiting classes, Bama has inked 119 while Dawgs have signed 88. That’s an entire extra class at Bama……Unfair?

JB

January 13th, 2012
6:38 am

The LSU QB got booed in the NC game. It’s everywhere, not just UGA. Passion and big money.

I Crowell.......

January 13th, 2012
6:44 am

YO CurLee…..cum on to athuns…..no ned to go to klasses…..books 2 heavy…..coach say so….me you washaun and caleb can smoke thm up….plenty ez white chiks…yo bro….isaya

The Grinch

January 13th, 2012
6:46 am

Danny Ford Forever
January 13th, 2012
3:35 am

An A She She school talking about a cream puff schedule. BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

70 points in a bowl game?

GtDawg

January 13th, 2012
6:46 am

UGA dont need anymore RB’s. Got a 2013 stud coming in. I think Gurley is going somewhere where he will make an imediate impact. Not UGA.

GtDawg

January 13th, 2012
6:49 am

@ Bean Counter Remember having to many RB’s is the reason it took so long for us to find out about Knowshon Moreno

Paddy

January 13th, 2012
7:02 am

If Mike Davis does really like UGA he would have locked down that scholly by now. Why wait till the last minute?

Spike

January 13th, 2012
7:12 am

@DannyFord.. You better hope he can play defense! 70 points?

Spike

January 13th, 2012
7:14 am

Tech is not on the radar with these guys. Imagine that.

RedandBlackDawg

January 13th, 2012
7:15 am

Having too many running backs as some put it on here, is the reason that LSU rolled over our butts in the championship game against LSU as I remember it. They had a fresh back with four capable people on their team to run against a tired and frustrated UGA defense. I say, to young Gurley, come on down and be with your PAL Marshall, and be part of a very good team. A strong running game, means a more balanced offensive attack, means a better passing game, equals more wins. We have a young but fairly deep OL with the recruits and last years returnees so they can do good and I believe opening up the offense will also help, but that will be up to CMR and Bobo to do, because they will have the talent they need to make it happen.
We have two new kickers but both are capable of getting the job done. If we tackle better and have a speedy kick off and punt returner back there, we can fix that area.
The defense will be a top 5 in the country so I don’t think UGA has any worries there either.
All in all, this year is shaping up very good.

And now, let the true trolling begin.

Beast from the East

January 13th, 2012
7:26 am

“We’re Clemson, the ACC CHAMPS and come play in Tigertown baby!”

Translation: We need you to help our offense because our defense gave up 70 to a Big Easy school in our bowl game. HELP!!!!!

Dap01

January 13th, 2012
7:28 am

Why would ANYONE chose the ACC over the SEC?

Beast from the East

January 13th, 2012
7:28 am

“If Georgia win’s the east , they will play Ala., LSU , or ARK. next year. If we go undefeated and win the SEC we will play for the national title whether our regular season schedule is hard or easy.”

If I win the lottery I’ll become a handsome man to many more women.
But brother, that is a serious pipe-dream!

Spike

January 13th, 2012
7:31 am

The “ACC CHAMPS” got their ACC ass handed to them by the Big East team.

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2012
7:33 am

“But brother, that is a serious pipe-dream!”

Championships are what dreams are made of. Without dreams one has no direction. I have a dream! Go Dawgs!!

gadawgs

January 13th, 2012
7:35 am

Hey Beast….Got a better shot than your Gators next year!

Kramer

January 13th, 2012
7:36 am

Danny Ford, you are a moron like the real Danny Ford was. No school sets their schedule slapnut. Please go learn something about college football then come back and make smart comments. I doubt that can happen.

Kramer

January 13th, 2012
7:37 am

Oh, and I think he will choose Clemson just because we are loaded at rb. That said, his ties with Marshall might lead him to UGA. Either way, the kid will be a good one at the next level.

Beast from the East

January 13th, 2012
7:39 am

“Hey Beast….Got a better shot than your Gators next year!”

Sure do, but I’m not foolish enough to predict a title when I don’t even know who’s going to be on the roster come opening day. Guess I just don’t dream big enough for some of you Dwags…LOL!

3d

January 13th, 2012
7:40 am

Love my Dawgs, but stop getting excited about 18 year olds that haven’t done nothing.

Let’s see it on the major college level.

Johnny Too Good

January 13th, 2012
7:40 am

Those clips of him playing linebacker/safety look prett good too

Dap01

January 13th, 2012
7:41 am

The AJC should do an article simply comparing the number of recruits that Alabama has signed each year compared to other schools. Oversigning is against the rules, but everyone ignores it.

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2012
7:49 am

Nick “Napolean” Satan is planning on bringing in 25 draft choices and another dozen or so free agents. Maybe we can pick up a player or two he puts on waivers.

gadawgs

January 13th, 2012
7:50 am

Beast..This fan is not predicting nothin’! We should be very good but we will just have to wait and see.

Todd Gurley

January 13th, 2012
7:51 am

Decisions,..Decisions…who will it be?

sleeze

January 13th, 2012
7:54 am

Un-Tank, Yep, West Virginia just scored again and Blair Walsh just missed another field goal. It sucks to lose. What a choice Gurley has.

Pete

January 13th, 2012
8:00 am

Georgia-Done deal and Davis goes elsewhere!!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

January 13th, 2012
8:01 am

@Danny Ford Forever:

Can you say 70 – 33 ?????????????????????????????????????????

7576DAWG

January 13th, 2012
8:04 am

If this past season didn’t teach anything else , it told us that with CMR and Bobo wanting a balanced offense at all cost. This mean’s we need a minimum of 4 if not 5 tailback’s. They will all get plenty of carry’s which is only half their job. CMR demand’s that his tailback’s are effective blocker’s.

It's About Time

January 13th, 2012
8:15 am

Seems like recruiting has changed to a bunch of Drama Queens standing in a crowd picking up a hat of the school they want to play for,I think the word Team has been lost lately,you hear of these players being silent commits for weeks.If a person was a team player they would commit when they were sure and help recruit their fellow recruits to their team of choice.

RedandBlackDawg

January 13th, 2012
8:17 am

I think if you compare RB’s that UGA has a shot at, Gurley would be the more physically dominate one, simply due to size. He is 3 inches taller, and if need be he could probably put on a few pounds easier than Davis.
I think if Davis had wanted to be a Dawg, he would have committed by now, especially knowing that Gurley would announce on this day. He might well end up at SC, but I think if Gurley decides on UGA, we will probably be getting the one that has a little higher upside and physical presence. We could still use a hard nosed kid like Gurley,that I think would be comfortable going up the middle and could move the pile. I was hoping Malcome would be that guy, since he showed signs of it, during his brief time on the field. I think Malcome will transfer if Gurley or Davis decide to come to UGA, and in the long run, maybe that would be best for him. I am really not sure what the problem was last year, but he sure would have been nice to have in a few of the games.

rockdawg

January 13th, 2012
8:22 am

@GtDawg
The reason it took so long to find out about Moreno was because of our inept coaches refusing to play a freshmen over juniors and seniors.

Troof

January 13th, 2012
8:23 am

Dawg fans are funny. I guess when you are king of the hill AGAIN that the haters have to take their shots. It’s not like UGA has any MNC in the last 31 years to compare with Bama, right?

And “The Ring Team” is hillarious. Where else but UGA? Blackouts, end zone dances, and cute recruiting class names. Looking back I guess Bama should have named their recent classes the “Rings Team” too. And appropriately enough the UGA “Dream Team” moniker fits as the next UGA MNC is only a dream. LOL!

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2012
8:29 am

“And appropriately enough the UGA “Dream Team” moniker fits as the next UGA MNC is only a dream.”

Toof, I could agree with you, but then, we could both be wrong.

Destin Dawg

January 13th, 2012
8:31 am

Crowell will fold when the competition steps up.. Go Dawgs !!!

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2012
8:34 am

Apparently you can never have too many RB’s. Plus the more SEC caliber back you have, the more the “almost” SEC caliber back-ups can man the kick coverage teams.