Dabo Swinney still can't believe Gurley and Marshall both picked UGA
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday August 27, 2013
Dabo Swinney knows Clemson has its hands full on Saturday night against Georgia’s running back duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
And Swinney still can’t believe both of them are playing for Georgia.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Dabo shared the devastating feeling of losing Gurley and Marshall in the recruiting process.
Swinney said, “It’s not just Gurley; it’s Marshall. It’s both of them. Everyone thinks Marshall is this little guy, he’s no little guy. He’s put together. He is a big strong back and fast. I really loved both of those guys and I thought we had them both.
“And then when Marshall broke our heart, because I think when he went to bed that night, maybe he was coming to Clemson… had a bad dream or something, woke up and went to Georgia. I just knew we were going to get Gurley, just knew it. We felt great about him. Both of them just phenomenal people, just great kids, just tremendous in the whole recruiting process and good families.
“I’m fired up about Gurley. I think we’re going to get Gurley. I’ll never forget it, the day he is supposed to announce I’m on edge. Most of the time, not all the time, but most of the time you know when you’re getting a guy. Sometimes they’ll fool you, but most of the time you know.
“When Gurley was going to announce later on that day, we’re still on edge. There is still some hope. I actually got a call from Mark Richt that day. I was like, ‘Huh, what’s going on here?’ He was going to announce it at about 2 o’clock. So I called Coach Richt back and he answers the phone. It was shortly before 2 o’clock, I’m sitting around and he’s on the treadmill. He’s on the treadmill and so I thought he wasn’t real worried about this announcement coming up. I said, ‘I guess you’re not real worried about this announcement coming up a 2.’ So I kind of knew right then that we were not getting him. He said something like, ‘Well, you never know. You think you know, but you never know.’ I knew right then that we weren’t getting him. I remember handing up the phone and saying we’re not getting Gurley. I was like, ‘HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY GET THOSE TWO GREAT BACKS?’”
“You got to give them credit. They did a great job of recruiting them the right way. That’s where they felt most comfortable. Two really talented, dynamic backs that will be a hand full on Saturday night.”
Pick it up at the 15:45 mark to listen to the story.