Gore and two more declare

The long and sometimes torturous football career of Miami Hurricane running back Frank Gore took a different direction this afternoon as the talented but often injured ball carrier declared his college days over. Joining him were Tennessee cornerback Jason Allen and running back Damien Nash of Missouri.

Gore's back-and-forth struggles on whether or not to enter the draft have been well documented on this site.  As late as Monday we reported Gore was still deciding where his future would lie, even though family members were encouraging him to enter the draft. 

Today Gore was quoted as saying, "I had a rough, rough college career and I feel like it's time to move on," said Gore, who made the decision after consulting with his mother Liz. "It's time for me to help my mom out. She's had a rough life, as I have. I want to show people that I'm going to be one of the best backs in the draft."

Gore started seriously considering the 2005 draft back in October but family matters were always a concern.  Prior to his injury in October of 2003, we reported Gore was set to leave with the blessing of Hurricane coach Larry Coker to help support his family.  Where will Gore be drafted?  The answer may lie in the film...MRI film of his knees that will be taken at February's combine.

Allen is another who considered entering the 2006 draft months ago, as was reported on November 23.    The speedy corner had a solid season and is presently viewed as a first day selection.

Nash is a different story as sources have told us a contentious relationship with Missouri coaches had a hand in his final choice.

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