The Bulldogs received a commitment from Todd Gurley, a four-star running back recruit from eastern North Carolina.
"Georgia just felt like home every time I went there," Gurley said. It felt like the place I needed to be."
Gurley ran for more than 2,500 yards and 36 touchdowns last year. He was the pivotal player in Tarboro's 39-36 win over Lincolnton in the state championship game as he accounted for four touchdowns and 242 yards.
Gurley’s commitment to the Bulldogs means Georgia has secured two of the top players in North Carolina. Gurley will join good friend Keith Marshall, who enrolled at Georgia earlier this week, to provide a one-two punch in the Dawgs’ backfield for years to come.
"Keith and I have developed a good relationship," Gurley said. "Not that many kids are getting heavily recruited around here. We are like brothers. I told him about my decision, and he supported me 100%. I told him to be ready to compete when I get there in the summertime."
Gurley said he made his final decision two days ago. He also said he was eager to recruit more players to come to Georgia with him.
"I will probably try to get Roland Darby to come with me to Georgia, too," he said. Darby, a highly-rated cornerback from Maryland, recently decommitted from Notre Dame and opened up his recruiting.
“Gurley is a running back with good combination of size, power, hands and speed,” said Fox Sports Next Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. “He is not a burner or an overpowering back, but he can run inside or get to the edge. Gurley does a good job of running with patience, seeing the holes before they open up and just letting things develop before he moves forward.”
Gurley’s pledge to the Bulldogs caps a most successful week of recruiting for Georgia. Earlier in the week five-star outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins committed to the Bulldogs over Alabama.
Still, the week was not an easy one for Gurley according to his coach.
“It’s a once-in-lifetime opportunity to coach a player like Todd,” Tarboro head coach Jeff Craddock said during the announcement. "This has been a difficult process for him."
Georgia now has 17 commitments for the class of 2012. Scout.com had the Bulldogs ranked 17th nationally just after Gurley’s commitment. More commitments will mean the Bulldogs will likely get into Scout.com's top ten.
Gurley admitted during his press conference that a year ago he didn't envision playing at Georgia.
"I probably would have ended up at North Carolina if Butch Davis was still there, but God closed that door and opened up another door for me to enter," he said.