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Gurley's decision feels a lot like Marshall's

1/12/2012

Call it Georgia-Clemson II.

The final days of the undecided portion of Todd Gurley's recruitment feel a lot like what his good friend Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) went through before him.

Gurley is thought to be torn between Georgia and Clemson, according to a source close to his recruitment. North Carolina State has made a strong push and is still in play but the Bulldogs and Tigers appear to have the lead for the four-star athlete from Tarboro (N.C.) High School, who is expected to play tailback in college.

That was the case with Marshall last month when the five-star tailback announced he committed to Georgia after a sleepless night of deciding between the Bulldogs and Clemson.

When Clemson barely lost out on Marshall, Gurley became a top priority. The Tigers offer the possibility to play early since they have a senior starter at tailback. Georgia, on the other hand, has rising sophomore Isaiah Crowell returning and Marshall already on campus.

However, Georgia's depth chart may not be that daunting to overcome. Crowell has to prove he can handle the starting role and Gurley has said he'd like to play with Marshall. The two could be a fantastic 1-2 punch since Marshall is a bit faster and Gurley is bigger.

Gurley is scheduled to announce his decision on Friday.

If Clemson misses out on Gurley, look for the Tigers to focus on Mike Davis from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson. The competition will be tough to land the four-star running back, who has taken official visits to Florida State and Tennessee and is slated to take official visits to South Carolina, Georgia and Clemson in the next three weeks.

After Davis, there's a significant drop off in the tailback prospects left that are undecided which makes the Gurley decision all that much more important for the Tigers.