ECU Gore's No. 1

2015 North Myrtle Beach (Little River, S.C.) athlete Colby Gore has ECU as his current No. 1 school. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the Pirates.

"I'm falling toward ECU," said the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Gore. "When I visited the coaches made me feel like I was family. I immediately started thinking about becoming a Pirate in the future. If my recruitment doesn't explode I could commit in the middle of summer or before the middle of next season."

It's obvious that ECU left a lasting impression on Colby Gore when he visited for Junior Day on March 1. While the talented versatile athlete enjoyed his time on campus almost enough to commit, he is electing to give it more time.

"I have offers from ECU and UNC Charlotte," said Gore. "While I love the program and everything at ECU, Charlotte is still there. I have two older brothers who keep telling me to wait it out, so for now that's what I'm doing in case more offers come."

Waiting to pledge is a tough task, but Gore is up for it. He mentioned he would like to hear more from West Virginia – and he has. WVU wide receiver coach Lonnie Galloway visited with Gore recently. It may not be likely at the moment, but an offer from the Mountaineers could shake things up a bit.

Luckily for the Pirates of ECU, Gore' Junior Day experience took him by storm.

"I had never been on a Division I campus like that before," said Gore. "It was a great experience talking to coaches. We went over some of the defense and offense; they showed me where I would be running if I came there. It wasn't that different from what we run (at N. Myrtle). Being there with the coaches and them showing me what is most important in the program capped it off for me. I keep telling myself I'm going to commit wait though."

Versatility is Gore's game. Last season he finished with 48 tackles, eight interceptions (returned three for touchdowns), nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles on defense. Offensively, he had 25 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams, he returned a punt and a kickoff for scores.

Gore mentioned free safety as his strongest position. However, offense has his heart. The Pirates have elected to give him a choice if he commits.

"I just feel like I can make it happen on offense with the ball in my hands," said Gore. "ECU offered and said I can choose what side of the ball to play on. (Defensive coordinator) Rick Smith shows me a lot of love, he wants me at defensive back. But I thought about it and I would like to play slot receiver."

Getting the play calling down will be Gore's biggest test, but he is confident that will happen fast. Right now he plans to work out to get bigger and go through more of the recruiting process.

As far as camps and visits, Gore mentioned he will try to attend as many camps as he can. ECU told him he can visit again whenever, all he has to do is call. He plans on attending a spring practice and possibly a summer workout.

In two weeks Gore will attend the Rivals Under Armour Combine. It's all about the grind from here on out for this talented recruit.


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