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Todd Gurley Says He Hoped LSU Would Offer Him As A Recruit

Todd Gurley celebrating a touchdown for Georgia.

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 9: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Sanford Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Todd Gurley was a star at Georgia before being drafted in 2015.

Now imagine if he had played for LSU instead? It isn't terribly far-fetched.

LSU never offered Gurley, a four-star prospect in the 2012 recruiting class, but the Tarboro, N.C. native grew up with an affinity for the Tigers.

In fact, he told The Spun in an exclusive interview this afternoon he was hoping LSU would offer him during his high school days.

"I kinda grew up a semi-LSU fan. I just kind of wanted that offer," Gurley said when asked if there was a coach or program he would have liked to play for other than Georgia. "I at least just wanted the offer, even if I wasn't going to go there."

Now, before you get too upset Tigers fans, Gurley didn't say he'd have gone to Baton Rouge if Les Miles offered him. He still may have wound up with the Bulldogs.

"I had a good relationship with coach [Mark] Richt and coach [T.A.] McClendon, my running backs coach," Gurley said. "I just trusted in those guys. I knew Georgia had the potential and was the place for me. I kinda wanted to be in the SEC honestly."

His answer does make this video from June 2016 ironic in retrospect.

During the 2012 recruiting cycle, Georgia signed Gurley, while LSU inked four-star Jeremy Hill. The Tigers also had Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee in the fold from the previous class, and Spencer Ware coming off a stellar sophomore year.

Point being, LSU made out okay for itself at running back. Quarterback was, and still is, the Tigers' real weakness.

Look for more from The Spun's conversation with Gurley in the coming days.