After a stellar junior season, Archbishop Murphy two-way star Anfernee Gurley has put himself in position to receive a lot of attention from college coaches in the coming months.
Gurley was a standout on both sides of the ball for Archbishop Murphy this past season, carrying the ball 50 times for 607 yards with 10 touchdowns and he also grabbed 31 receptions for 780 yards and nine more scores on offense while totaling 37 tackles and three interceptions from his safety spot in the secondary.
“I am truly a corner but I played most of this year at safety due to team injuries,” Gurley told Northwest Elite Index. “I love defense. It suits my aggressive nature better and I’ve always believed that defense wins championships.
“A team can score all they want on offense but if their defense can’t make a stop then they will not win. I like scoring on teams but I pride myself on being able to stop someone from scoring. I grew up being coached by my dad and he is a very defensive minded coach.”
At 5’11, 175 pounds, Gurley is a solidly built player that has good instincts and enough athleticism to be a playmaker at the next level. So far, things are just getting started for the talented two-way player on the recruiting front, but once we get into the spring evaluation period, college coaches should be flocking to his school to see what he can do.
“So far there isn’t much, but I have been getting a lot of mail from Wyoming and I was invited to see a game by the University of Arizona, but I couldn’t find the time to go,” Gurley noted. “I’ve also talked to the Eastern Washington coaches quite a bit and I have attended a few camps there.”
While we’re still a little over six months away from the camp circuit getting underway, Gurley said he knows some camps he wants to hit during the spring and summer.
“I want to do some rivals camps and some FBU camps,” Gurley said. “I’ll also do the Northwest Elite camp and go to Washington State, Washington, Oregon State and Eastern’s camps as well.”
We’re just now getting toward the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle, but with 2017’s cycle already getting underway, expect to hear more about Gurley over the next few months as more schools drop by to see him in the spring. Once they get a look at what he can do on the field, he should have plenty of opportunities to choose from at this time next year.