Target 2004: Brandon Ore

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Running Back is where he wants to play at the collegiate level, and that is exactly where Indian River's Brandon Ore would get his start if he were to choose North Carolina over Virginia Tech, Maryland and several other top NCAA schools.

Tar Heel coaches are not playing any games in their communication process with Ore, who in just eight games, ran for 963 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns for the 4-6 Braves last season.

"They think he is one of the best running backs in the country," Indian River head coach Elisha ‘Cadillac' Harris said. "He's pretty good as a free safety, too. But basically, they like him as a running back – just like I do.

"He's got a rare combination of speed, agility, change of direction; along with power and strength," continued Harris. "He's very versatile. There is not any skill position that he can't play. He can run routs, catch passes and throw the ball as well. He could play quarterback. He could probably be the best quarterback on our team.

"[UNC] likes his versatility and the way he runs the football."

As far as Carolina is concerned, Ore is as highly a regarded tailback as the fellow N.C.-state recruits whom already have UNC offers: Jamaal Edwards (Greensboro Dudley), George Bell (Fayetteville Britt) and Albert Ashcraft (Monroe).

"Running back," Ore said. "They want me to play running back."

Still, it will take a lot of work for the UNC coaches to pick up a commitment from Ore. Virginia Tech and Maryland, along with Virginia, are his other top choices.

"I'm interested in every school that is interested in me, and I am still interested in everybody else." Ore said.

Ore also said the imminent Atlantic Coast Conference expansion will not affect his decision.

"That really doesn't matter; it's just a topic of conversation," Ore said.

However, when asked if he is in favor of an ACC-annexation of current Big East members Miami, Syracuse and Boston College, Ore responded, "I hope they do."

To keep things in perspective, it is important to reiterate that, currently, the Hokies are on the top of Ore's list. But that could change pending his camp this month in Chapel Hill.

"They have a nice coaching staff, a nice campus and a good atmosphere around there," Ore said after his visit to UNC's Junior Day in March.

"I'm going to just wait until the end of the season to see where I want to go."

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