Over the past few years Les Miles has hauled in elite recruiting classes, however, each one has been a little light at the running back position. With the exception of Michael Ford and Drayton Calhoun from the 2009 class it has mostly been fullbacks that LSU signed.
This season Miles looks to fill the stable with true running backs as the Tigers have already accepted one verbal pledge from Princeton High School product Spencer Ware and will likely attempt to land as many as two more.
Of the remaining running back targets on the LSU recruiting board, one near the top of the chart is Christopher Columbus High School product Jakhari Gore (5’8, 175, 4.6).
Gore has been near the top of the Tigers’ wish list for quite some time now and rightfully so as he is currently leading his county in rushing with 1,456 yards on 111 carries and over 10 touchdowns.
According to Gore, the statistics are nice, but what is important is his team’s success.
“Things are good,” Gore expressed. “We’re 8-1 right now and have one regular season game left. I think we have a good opportunity at pulling off a state championship this year. And I feel like I’ve been doing what I can to help the team.
“I’ve been pushing myself harder everyday to be the best,” Gore added. “I always play with an ‘X’ on my back because I’m usually the main target, but I don’t let that stop me. I don’t care, I just keep pushing myself.”
Another thing Gore has been pushing himself to do is to make a college decision. In fact, he claims that his announcement will arrive sooner as opposed to later.
“Right now I’m feeling LSU a lot,” said Gore, who claims offers in the 30-40 range from the likes of Tennessee, Ole Miss, Cal, Oregon, Rutgers and others. “I’m still keeping it open, but right now LSU is my No. 1 team by far. California is No. 2 and there are some other schools I talk to, but I don’t have them listed in any kind of four, five, or six order.
“I like LSU mainly because of the coaches,” Gore continued. “I like Coach Miles, Coach [Larry] Porter, and Coach [Don] Yanowsky a lot. At LSU, the coaches don’t care how big or small you are. If you’re good, then you’re going to play.”
Gore also likes the looks of the depth chart and Porter’s outlook on his future at the collegiate level.
“Coach Porter was telling me how they are graduating a few running backs this year,” Gore stated. “I know they still have some others there, but I’m okay with that. Coach Porter was telling me how I run harder than I look for someone my size. And he’s right because I like to run between the tackles and use my speed and vision.
“I don’t care about the linebackers either because how I look at it is at the end of the day everyone is going to get hit one way or another. So I don’t care if I have to hit them or make them miss. That’s just how I am.”
Gore, a three-star prospect who is No. 30 in the country at his position, claimed the vibes he received on his visit to LSU and with the coaches were so strong that his decision could arrive within the next couple of weeks.
“I really like LSU, but I still want to make sure LSU is the best spot for me,” said Gore, who doesn’t have any other official visits planned and recently canceled a trip to Cal that was set for this past weekend. “I think I will make my decision soon. It could even be within a couple of weeks.”