2011 Intro: Joe Gore

LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. --- It might seem difficult for a 6-foot-6, 255-pound jumbo athlete to escape the media's eye. But playing at East Columbus, a high school with not even 600 students and very little press coverage, has allowed Joe Gore to do just that.

"As far as colleges go, he's not unknown," former East Columbus head coach Travis Conner said. "He's getting a pile of mail everyday, I'm getting phone calls two-three times a day, and he has some offers now."

Duke, Maryland, and Vanderbilt have offered Gore a scholarship. He's also receiving significant interest from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia.

"I've had several kids go on and play Division 1 ball in the ACC and SEC," Conner said. "But I've never had one with his size that can run like he can run… Somebody that big with that kind of speed is what attracts everybody to him, along with him being a great student."

According to Conner, Gore clocked 40-yard dash times of 4.81 and 4.84 seconds at Duke's and NC State's camps, respectfully. Both runs were conducted on grass with Gore wearing cleats.

Gore returned to NC State a couple of months later for a game. He also attended a game at UNC.

Gore doesn't have any upcoming recruiting trips scheduled. However, he'd like to visit Clemson and Vanderbilt soon.

Campus visits will have a major effect on Gore's collegiate decision.

"When I get on campus I want to see if that will be the place where I can make it to the next level and maybe play on Sundays," Gore said. "I want to see how they run their offense and defense. And I want to get a good education just in case football doesn't work out for me."

Gore, who currently isn't favoring any schools, hopes to have a solid favorites list by the end of the summer. He doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until November.

"I'm really trying to keep everything open right now," Gore said. "I don't want to rush into a decision.

"I want to see who is going to come in [with an offer]. I want to make sure I have all my options so that I can make the best decision."

Gore has been a two-way starter for East Columbus since his freshman season.

Offensively, Gore plays tackle in East Columbus' Notre Dame Box offense, a variation of the single-wing. Gore lines up at either right or left tackle, depending on the formation.

"We pull our linemen on just about every play," Conner said. "[Gore] is a lead blocker in our offensive line scheme. He pulls a lot, gets out on the edge, gets out in space, and that big joker running at a high school defensive back is a scary thing."

On the other side of the ball, Gore lines up at defensive end, which happens to be the position Conner believes Gore will play in college.

"I anticipate him playing D-end at the next level just because of his speed and his ability to get after the passer," Gore said. "… With his frame – I think he's sitting 255-260 [pounds] right now – him on a decent training table, he's going to be 280-285 [pounds] by Christmas of his freshman year."

Gore says he's being recruited as both a defensive end and offensive tackle.

"Most schools ask me what I'd like to play," Gore said. "Most of the time I say defense, but it depends on what school. Some school's offenses I like better than other school's. [I'd liked to play in] a spread offense where you zone block or block a man."

Gore is also a part of East Columbus' basketball and track and field teams. He has started at center since his freshman year on the hardwood. In track, he participates in the discus, shot put, 200- and 400-meter dash, and 300-meter hurdles.

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