Gore visits Clemson

One of the commitments from Clemson's 2011 class made his first game day visit to Tigertown for last week's 14-13 win over N.C. State.

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CUTigers caught up with East Columbus High School (Lake Waccamaw, N.C.) senior defensive end Joe Gore after the unofficial trip to Clemson with his mom and sister.

"I loved it," he said. "I loved the game day experience. It was nice."

"That was the first time I'd ever seen my mom cheer during a game, besides one at my school."

Gore, whose main recruiter is defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, spoke with every member of the Clemson coaching staff last weekend.

The visit was the first since the summer, and it was that early June trip that sealed the deal.

"I liked how everything was real close together, it was real close-knit. You could go from one place to another real quick," he said. "It was pretty nice.

"I liked the atmosphere, how they run everything, how close everything is."

Back when Gore committed on June 10, he selected Clemson over South Carolina, N.C. State and Duke.

Other than last weekend's visit to Clemson, he hasn't taken any other visits this fall.

CUTigers asked if other schools are still in contact.

"Not as much that I know of have been in contact," he said.

While in town, Gore scheduled his official visit to Clemson for the weekend of Jan. 14. That Saturday is the football banquet, and a huge official visit weekend for Tiger prospects and commits.

In the first-round of the North Carolina 1-AA playoffs on Friday, East Columbus beat Red Springs 22-19. Next week, the Gators have Pender.

Once football season is over, Gore will move on to basketball and then to track. From there, it's Clemson.

"I'm looking forward to playing, getting myself up there and getting some experience," he said.

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