Jordan Gore is returning to Conway.
On Tuesday, the former Tigers baseball player said he is transferring to Coastal Carolina from the University of South Carolina, effective for the 2015-2016 school year. The shortstop and pitcher will have to sit out next spring and will have two years of college eligibility remaining.
“I just talked to the coaches and we came to the agreement [to transfer],” Gore said of his decision. “Coastal seemed like a good fit.”
Gore originally told The State newspaper in May of his intention to transfer. CCU can not comment on the transfer since Gore is not enrolled and has not signed financial aid paperwork. However, that is expected to happen soon.
At Coastal, Gore will be reunited with his former Conway teammate, G.K. Young. The two were among the program’s big three in 2012 and 2013 along with eventual first-round draft pick Grant Holmes.
As a senior, Gore was named to the Class AAAA All-State team and the N.C.-S.C. Select squad when he batted .480 for the Tigers. He also hit .488 as a junior and .415 as a sophomore.
He signed with USC in November of his senior year and went on to see significant playing time for the Gamecocks. He started 45 games this spring after playing 33 as a freshman.
He’ll bring that experience to the Chanticleers.
“It’s always exciting for the hometown kids to play for the hometown school,” Conway coach Anthony Carroll said. “It’s very exciting for me to see Jordan and G.K. back together. CCU is getting a good one in Jordan Gore.”
Said Gore: “Me and G.K. talk all the time. It’s going to be fun to play with him again. It’s going to be like old times.”
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