Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) running back Branden Ore made official today what he was rumored to have done on Friday…he committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies. The 6-2, 190 pound Ore chose the Hokies over Maryland and North Carolina.
“I liked Virginia Tech’s coaching staff, and it was just a place where I felt comfortable,” Ore said this afternoon. “Football-wise, the have a great program. With Kevin Jones leaving, I really feel I could step in there and make things happen. Plus, there are a lot of guys I know from around here. It’s like a home away from home.”
Ore was recruited by Tech Offensive Coordinator Bryan Stinespring and had been in contact with Head Coach Frank Beamer and Running Backs Coach Billy Hite as well.
“Coach Stinespring is a really cool guy,” Ore said. “It’s a good thing that he recruited me and he is the offensive coordinator. I also spoke with Coach Hite and Coach Beamer, and they are really cool guys also.”
The talented tailback made the tough decision having taken unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and UNC. It appears his choice came pretty quickly following the end of Indian River’s 10-3 season.
“It was tough,” Ore said. “UNC and Maryland are two great schools. I was just talking with my coach and my family, and actually I thought about it a lot by myself. I was just thinking about where I’d be most comfortable, and Virginia Tech was that place.”
Virginia Tech is recruiting Ore strictly as a running back. He rushed for 1,279 yards and 15 touchdowns on 156 carries as a senior. He also lined up at wide receiver on occasion in the Indian River offense.
It is his versatility and explosiveness that Indian River Head Coach Cadillac Harris believes will make him a star player for Virginia Tech.
“I expect him to do great things at Virginia Tech,” Harris said. “He’s going to help carry on the Tech tradition of winning football, and the tradition of great tailbacks. I think he could take it to a higher level. I really believe he has Marshall Faulk-type ability to create havoc out there. He’s going to make some fans spill their popcorn with the plays he makes.”
Ore has already qualified academically, as he carries a 2.7 grade point average and has scored an 890 on the SAT. He wants to major in Business at Virginia Tech.
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