Jakhari Gore has been one of the biggest names in south Florida ever since his freshman season, not because Gore is the cousin of current San Francisco 49er and former Miami Hurricane Frank Gore, but because he has been one of the area's most productive backs over that time period. Already with over 3,000 rushing yards for his career, Gore kicks off his senior campaign on Thursday against Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington.
While many players spend the summer going to prospect camps, visiting colleges and handling a lot of recruiting tasks, Gore's summer has been spent focused on improving personally and preparing for the season.
"This summer I just took it easy and worked out real hard," Gore said. "I worked with the team and with ESPA training and my trainer Pat. I feel like right now I'm at my best. I'll have the opportunity to shine this year. We open up with Booker T. My body feels good and it's going ot feel great to get out there on the field."
Gore is no stranger to being a focal point of an offense in high school and in turn, is no stranger to being a heavy emphasis for defenses. As a senior, Gore is ready to take on even more responsibility.
"I feel good about the team, I feel this is going to be a real good team," he said. "I feel good about this year. I feel like a big man out there and the team is counting on me so I've got to step it up for the team. I feel a whole lot different about the season than I did my freshman, sophomore or junior years."
As would be expected of a player of Gore's caliber, recruiting attention has been heavy throughout his high school career. As his senior season approaches, there are a few schools in particular that Gore has been hearing from the most.
"LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas, those are just the schools I'm talking to and I feel like once football season starts, I'll have more schools that are interested," he said.
Two schools seem more interested than the others, and consequently could be in a good position for official visits from the versatile back.
"I've just been taking it slow with the process but LSU and Florida have been coming at me real hard," he said. "I'm thinking about taking visits. I definitely want to take visits to LSU and Florida."
Gore has no plans to string out his recruitment and hopes to make a decision as soon as he has a few visits under his belt, good news for the Gators and Tigers.
"I'm going to get this decision out of the way as soon as possible," he said. "I'm going to decide after I take my visits. I'm going to take my visits, see what the school is about and then make my commitment. It's mainly those two right now (LSU and Florida)."