Class of 2013 shortstop Jordan Gore had a pair of visits planned for this weekend but he only needed to make one stop before making a decision. The Conway High School product made a verbal commitment to South Carolina on Saturday after finishing an unofficial visit on campus.
Shortstop Jordan Gore is the third commitment, and the first infielder, of the 2013 class.
Gore is the third commitment, and first on the infield, to commit to the Gamecocks. He had offers from Clemson, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.
“It was just a really nice visit,” Gore said. “Coach Tanner and coach Holbook was there. We went and toured the campus and everything. The facilities that are there are top notch. It was just a really good visit.”
The switch-hitter had plans to visit Clemson this weekend as well but opted to cancel the visit and commit to the two-time defending national champion saying that USC was just the right fit.
Gore hit .415 with a home run and .950 fielding percentage for Conway last season. He hit primarily leadoff or in the two-hole for his team while also playing shortstop. The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder also spent some time on the bump but will be a position player at the collegiate level.
“They’re two time national champions and that was a big factor,” Gore said. “They’ll develop me as a player. I think that I can be the best player I can be there. There have been a lot of good shortstops to come through there. Coach Tanner does a great job with them and I hope he can do a great job with me.”
This summer, he’s playing for the Shockwave, a team primarily based out of the Pee Dee region of the state. Class of 2012 pitcher Jamie Callahan is on the team and helped recruit Gore for the Gamecocks.
The Conway program has been good to the Gamecocks in years past sending the likes of Tim Whittaker, Forrest Beverly, and Colby Holmes. Gore is the next in line but the Tigers also have class of 2014 pitcher Grant Holmes, the younger brother of Colby.
“Jamie is a good guy and has really wanted me to go to South Carolina. We’re really good friends,” Gore said. “I’ll probably talk to (Grant) about South Carolina but I haven’t really gotten to see him much this summer yet.”