Pack Offers Gore

Lake Waccamaw (NC) East Columbus defensive end Joe Gore entered the weekend with a trio of offers, and when he headed back to school on Monday he had received his fourth after NC State extended a scholarship offer.

Lake Waccamaw (NC) East Columbus defensive end Joe Gore entered the weekend with a trio of offers, and when he headed back to school on Monday he had received his fourth after NC State extended a scholarship offer.

"[NC] State offered me on Sunday when I was in Raleigh for their Junior Day," said Gore. "It was great to get that offer because State's a team I like a lot.

"What happened was we were there for the tours and the coaches said they had my offer letter upstairs. We went and got the paper and all of the coaches congratulated me."

What did Gore think of the Wolfpack's Junior Day?

"I thought it was great," he said. "We got the chance to tour the campus, looked at the all of the facilities, and the coaches talked to us as individuals. I've been to State a lot before, but I had fun up there."

Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Gore is one of the top jumbo athletes in the North Carolina's 2011 class. A good athlete, he also plays basketball and runs track at East Columbus.

He plays offensive tackle and defensive end for his high school team, but most schools are recruiting him to play defensive end on the next level. Former East Columbus head coach Travis Connor informed Inside Carolina's Don Callahan that Gore clocked 40-yard dash times (on grass, in cleats) of 4.81 and 4.84 seconds at Duke's and NC State's camps, respectively.

Gore indicated that NC State offered him as a defensive lineman. The Wolfpack has had a chance to extensively evaluate Gore as he attended their summer camp in 2008 and 2009.

"State wants me to play defensive end for them," he said. "They've had me in camp, and they like how I play. Camping there was great, being able to work with the coaches. That experience has helped me because everything they taught me I've been able to use for my school."

Gore now holds offers from NC State, Virginia, Duke, and Vanderbilt, and he feels that Maryland and Clemson could also be close to extending scholarship offers.

While he is pleased with the offers he has received, Gore is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'm still keeping everything wide open," he said. "I probably won't decide until sometime in January next year."


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