VT In Contention With Top RB Gurley

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Virginia Tech is solidly in the running for 6’1″, 195-pound running back Todd Gurley , one of the top rising senior prospects in the state of North Carolina. Gurley made an unofficial visit to Tech within the past month and now reportedly is strongly considering an official visit to Blacksburg. Tarboro (N.C.) head coach Jeff Craddock confirmed that an official visit to Tech is a possibility.

“[Virginia Tech] could be sneaking in there. He went there and told me they had beautiful facilities and everything,” Craddock said. “He did like it. I heard him talking about maybe taking an official visit there.”

Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, UNC and Virginia Tech make up Gurley’s top five according to an August 23 report on PalmettoSports.com. Currently, a September 10 trip to Georgia is the only scheduled official visit. More visits could well come this fall, but Craddock believes his standout prospect might wait until the winter to make a commitment.

“I think he got burned out a little bit with e-mails and calls and visits,” Craddock said. “Butch Davis getting fired frustrated him because UNC is one of his top schools. He told me he just wants to concentrate on winning high school games. That’s his focus this year, and after the season he’ll get back on [recruiting]. He may take some visits during the season, but I think between December and January he’ll really narrow it down.”

Tarboro High School is no stranger to talented running backs. Former UNC and Washington Redskins back Kelvin Bryant is an alumnus. So is Shaun Draughn, who also attended North Carolina and is currently a rookie on the Redskins. Coach Craddock, who is in his eighth season as Tarboro’s head coach, did not coach Bryant but did have the opportunity to coach Draughn.

“Todd’s faster in the open field than Shaun was. Shaun was bigger and more of a bruiser than Todd is,” Craddock said. “Kelvin had a great career in the NFL. I think the sky is the limit for Todd. The thing about him is he is a Division 1 safety and a Division 1 running back.”

The 2010 season was Gurley’s first on the varsity level. He rushed for 1,472 yards and 26 touchdowns while leading the Vikings