Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) running back Brandon Ore has enjoyed an outstanding senior season. The 6-2, 190 pound tailback has led his team to the state semifinals, where they meet Hopewell High School this Saturday.
Fresh off a 27-9 victory over two-time state champion Phoebus, Ore reflected on his senior season up to this point.
“We felt confident we could make it to this point,” Ore said. “When we played Western Branch earlier this year, we got a lot of confidence that we could compete with the top teams even though we lost the game. Our team felt like we could be here.”
On the season, Ore has rushed for 1,220 yards on 135 carries, scoring 17 touchdowns in total. Last week against Phoebus, he rushed for 188 yards and two scores.
A terrific, fluid athlete, Ore is being recruited primarily as a tailback on the next level. He does line up at wide receiver for Indian River on occasion and looks very natural in the process. With the ability to play both positions, do not be surprised to see Ore at one or the other on the next level.
“Nobody’s mentioned me playing wide receiver in college,” Ore said. “All of the schools I talk to tell me they want me as a running back. I do feel comfortable at wide receiver. I feel like I can make plays there.”
The talented and versatile Ore has received four written scholarship offers to this point, from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He wants to make official visits to all four programs, however wants to wait to schedule them after his season is complete.
“I’m going to wait until the season is over in a couple weeks [to set my official visits],” Ore said. “I want to get the ring first.”
He currently has no favorites between the four and wants to make as many official visits as possible before deciding.
“All of those schools are probably even,” Ore said of Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, and UNC. “I like the coaches at all of the schools, and I like what they say. They all talk to me a lot. I’ve been to the Virginia Tech and UNC campus and I like those two places a lot. I haven’t seen the other two. I want to take my official visits to see where I fit in the best, but mainly also so my mother can speak to each coaching staff. The visits are more for her I think.”
Of Virginia Tech, Ore also said “I like what the program is doing. They have had a tough last few games, but that doesn’t matter....
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