RB Todd Gurley commits to UGA over Clemson (UPDATED)

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Todd Gurley, the 4-star RB from Tarboro, N.C., committed to UGA over Clemson on Friday.

“I just came here to tell you where I will be taking my talents to next year, and that will be the University of Georgia … Go Dawgs,” Gurley said.

The 6-foot, 210-pounder is commitment No. 17 for UGA’s 2012 recruiting class. He is the second at RB, joining fellow North Carolinian Keith Marshall, the 5-star from Raleigh, N.C. Marshall is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 RB by Scout.com and enrolled in college early, starting classes at UGA this week.

Gurley is a consensus top 15 RB in the country.

“Todd Gurley ran track for Team USA in Europe last summer and when you put those letters across your chest, you’re elite,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247sports. “You’re talking about a kid who will be in the range of 220 and 225 pounds as a freshman. He ran for 235 yards and four touchdowns in the state championship game. He played through the playoffs with an ankle injury and toughed it out. All of that let me know he’s an elite running back and he will play early wherever he goes.”

Gurley and Marshall became fast friends after meeting at a track meet last spring, and bonded during the recruiting process. They talked often about playing in college together, and planned out official visits at the same time to both UGA and Clemson.

After Gurley committed, Marshall wrote on Twitter:

Too hype right now about my boy [Todd Gurley] coming to UGA.. NC connection.. we just tryna be #legendary

Note: Mike Davis, the RB from Stephenson High School, confirmed with the AJC on Friday that he still intends to take his official visit to UGA next week, despite Gurley’s commitment. This weekend, Davis is visiting South Carolina, where is rumored to be a “secret commitment.”

This photo turned out to be prophetic: UGA RB recruits Todd Gurley (No. 1) and Keith Marshall during their official visits to UGA

This photo turned out to be prophetic: UGA RB recruits Todd Gurley (No. 1) and Keith Marshall during their official visits to UGA

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RxDawg

January 13th, 2012
2:09 pm

Awesome! Go Dawgs!

chiefdawg

January 13th, 2012
2:11 pm

2nd Go Dawgs!

GO DAWGS !!

January 13th, 2012
2:11 pm

uga_fan39

January 13th, 2012
2:12 pm

hey i’m 3rd

AWESOME !!!

January 13th, 2012
2:12 pm

black n blue blood

January 13th, 2012
2:12 pm

third… no dawg in the fight! Pun intended

Jason Tanenbaum

January 13th, 2012
2:12 pm

Micah, the Cheif!

black n blue blood

January 13th, 2012
2:13 pm

almost third, still no dawg! LOL

SUCCESSFUL BLACK MAN

January 13th, 2012
2:13 pm

I am glad we don’t have to depend on terribly coached DeKalb County Players. AKA Mike Davis

I. Crowell

January 13th, 2012
2:13 pm

Can’t wait to roll up a fat one with ya! Welcome to the party!

AtlPh40

January 13th, 2012
2:13 pm

Great news! Let’s move on to the O & D Line. That’s all we need to focus on at this point.

vdunkndunk

January 13th, 2012
2:13 pm

Congratulations, Mr. Gurley! Go Dawgs!

SEC Oracle

January 13th, 2012
2:14 pm

The rebirth of UGA as Running Back U is almost complete! Mike Davis please join the party.

FDawg

January 13th, 2012
2:15 pm

Wow…let the competition begin!

Frank Lane

January 13th, 2012
2:16 pm

It would be great if we got Davis too, but this is so exciting.

59bulldawg

January 13th, 2012
2:16 pm

THANK YOU LORD!

Matthews Dawg

January 13th, 2012
2:16 pm

Welcome to Dawg Nation Todd!! Congrats the Coach Richt and the other coaches! I am listening online right now and this kid has his head on straight! He is there because of CMR!! Go ahead haters and start slamming CMR, CMB and the rest! Things have turned around and will only get better! Go Dawgs!!

gbal

January 13th, 2012
2:16 pm

Wow – Cant believe that. O-Linemen!!!

milt

January 13th, 2012
2:16 pm

Great Job!!! Welcome to the Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bucket

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Welcome to the UGA family Mr. Gurley! Don’t mind all the haters on the blogs – jealousy is such a petty emotion!

G-Dawg

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Now lets see how the rest of the class shapes up.

Ward

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Now UGA has thunder and lightening… Samuel will move to FB now… who cares where Isiah goes.

GDDAWG

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Bryan McClendon

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Dan the Man

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

I say we get Mike Davis and red shirt Gurley.

Dabo and "The REAL DREAM TEAM"

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Too bad you wont have an O line to block for you kid. Bad decision……….

59bulldawg

January 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Now let’s get Davis too! We could be assembling the greatest backfield talent at one time in Bulldawg history!

OkieDawg

January 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

Getting crowded at TB…Loads of talent…Thunder and Lightning?

Dap01

January 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

He is going to be a good one!

Old Dawg

January 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

Great get! On to more top recruits!

durrtydogg

January 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

Yeah!!! Go you nasty, filthy, stankin (yeah I said stankin!!) low down, durrty DAWGS!!!!

Bubba Grump

January 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

SuuuuuuuuuuuuuWEET!!!

chilidawg

January 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

Cam

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

Stupid move kid….. Beware they may switch you to play tight end……..

59bulldawg

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

Dabo, even with our O-line woes, I sorta like our chances as long as we keep the opposition under 70! LOL!

durrtydogg

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

My boy Socrates was right once again! He is the best!!

DawgByte

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

This is Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge for UGA. Wow what a backfield we’re going to have!!!

bgtodd01

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

He’s a stud and a great kid…read about him and watched the video announcement….

RRTDawgs

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

Sweat Go Dawgs welcome Mr. Gurley UGA on a huge roll with recruiting .

layinlow

January 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

As jim kramer says bbbbbb BOOOOOYAH!!! The power back i have been waiting on! I love marshall and now we have the perfect compliment. We can hit it em with speed and power. Isiah Crowell you better be ready next year to step up or shut up!!!

dauggie dawg

January 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

Welcome Mr. Gurley,Glad to have you on board.Now IC I suggest you get your act togehter man up hit those weights or hit the road it is up to you.

Yep

January 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

No, he just knew when you get beat by 50+ in the orange bowl clemson won’t use there running game

ole richie

January 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

really not crowded at all crowell, marshall, gurley, and boo malcome. samuel likely switch to fullback.

Not a 4 star

January 13th, 2012
2:22 pm

Rivals has this kid listed as a 3 star ….. Whoop teee dooo……

Jim

January 13th, 2012
2:22 pm

We may have great talent but we do not have an OC that knows how to use it!

hotdawg

January 13th, 2012
2:22 pm

Entesouces tell me mike davis. Is commited to s carolina….I’m jus sayin

jeff

January 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

Dabo and The Real Dream Team???? West Virginia must be an NFL team then!

it is what is is

January 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

im still have faith in my boy isaiah, he still has better talent than gurley and marshall. but uga’s back field will be nasty as hell!!! NASTY BOYS (CROWELL, MASHALL, GURLEY)

BG

January 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

Awesome news! The DAWGS backfield will be elite this season.

jalex49

January 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

Great pick-up. Thanks Gurley for choosing the DAWGS.. Georgia needs one more back( Davis,Robinson, Harris, Steib, Radcliff or Enyenih.). Now if the top remaining targets will sign it would be a solid recruiting year and mixed in what’s already there, it could be something special !

Hope Mason decides to stay and red-shirt or the coaches decide to put him into the mix with Murray.
LeMay will be outstanding and there are talented back ups at the quarterback position. The offensive line needs some help-hope the recruits are listening??

THANKS AGAIN GURLEY FOR CHOOSING GEORGIA !!!!!!