Tyler Gore burned a heavy portion of midnight oil the past couple nights deciding whether to close his recruitment.
In the end, all that was necessary was a simple — yet emphatic — phrase: “It’s official.”
The North Myrtle Beach football standout verbally committed to Georgia State University late Saturday night via Twitter.
“I have made up my mind and committing to Georgia State University,” Gore said in a prepared statement. “After a talk with my family and lots of prayers, I have decided that this is where I will attend school and further my education and football career.”
A rising senior at North Myrtle Beach, Gore visited the Atlanta-based school on July 21. He selected the Panthers over several other schools, among them Campbell, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Furman, Mercer, Navy, Old Dominion and Wofford.
“It was like we all had a connection and I felt comfortable there,” Gore said. “Atlanta is a big city, but it’s a place for opportunity — not just in football, but for life.
“I just feel confident that I will grow as a man and as a player (at Georgia State) with these coaches and soon to be teammates.”
Last football season was a breakthrough one for Gore as his contributions on both sides of the football helped North Myrtle Beach to a share of the Region 7-4A title and a pair of playoff wins.
As a defensive back, he had 35 tackles, seven of which came for a loss. He also had three interceptions — one of them going for a touchdown — to go with five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Gore was just as potent on the offensive side of the ball, catching 29 passes for 455 yards and nine touchdowns. In addition, he had 10 carries for 93 yards and two scores, as well as four kick returns for 150 yards and another touchdown.
In the prepared statement, the North Myrtle Beach standout thanked the coaches whose schools he did not select for their time.
“I would like to thank all the coaches I have been in touch with and the relationships they have formed with my family and I,” Gore said. “I am committed.”