USC and Clemson have made the cut for DE Joe Gore (6-6 260) of Lake Waccamaw, NC. Gore recently narrowed his list of potential suitors to four. The other schools still in the hunt are Duke and North Carolina State.
Gore plays offensive tackle and defensive end at North Columbus High School. "With his size, length, and speed, he's going to play defensive end in college," North Columbus head coach Travis Connor said. "He's a great, great, great kid....one of the best I've ever coached. Very mature, but the recruiting process is waning on him."
Gore has been familiar with Duke and North Carolina State since his freshman year but just got down to visit USC and Clemson for the first time over the weekend with his coach. Gore visited USC Saturday. "It was a great visit.....he really likes coach Lawing," Connor said. "It's SEC football, which is almost a different breed. It's still a bit close to home, and he can play in the SEC."
After participating in a Shrine Bowl practice Saturday evening, Gore and Connor made the trip to Clemson on Sunday. "He really likes Clemson," Connor said. "We made an all day affair of it on Sunday at Clemson. Coach Brooks has done a great job recruiting him, so he decided to make a visit. He's aware of all the tradition associated with Clemson football. He got to spend about an hour with coach Swinney too."
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A final decision on Gore's college plans should come by the begining of next week. "He spoke to a Duke coach today, and told him he plans to make a commitment by the first of next week," Connor said.
Gore had 77 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and blocked 9 kicks as a junior.