Last weekend, Tyler Gore made the trip to Atlanta to get acquainted with what is to become his new home.
Before he leaves, however, the North Myrtle Beach football standout has one last order of business.
Gore will represent the Chiefs on Saturday at the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
“It’s such an honor to represent my school, my city,” he said. “Being able to see the amount of talent here between the upper and lower portions of the state, it’s been fun working together.”
He is only the second player in North Myrtle Beach football history to be selected for the all-star game.
Gore was a key reason the Chiefs set a new program record in wins (12) along with the Region 7-4A title this past season.
On offense, Gore caught 37 passes for 414 yards and seven touchdowns. As one of the state’s more highly regarded defensive backs, he had five interceptions.
The four-year letterman also returned a kick against Socastee for another score.
“It was a dream season, a record-breaking one,” Gore said. “It felt good taking our city and team to another level. Now, we hope those behind us take things further … we expect it, actually.”
Practices were highly competitive over the past week, as is to be expected when 44 of the state’s top players share the same locker room.
“We all know we are talented,” he said. “But there is a part of all of us that wants to prove we are better than the next man. We respect each other a lot, though.”
In July, Gore committed to Georgia State University.
Over the past year, the school has invested heavily into its football program. Previously housed at the Georgia Dome, the school purchased the former-Turner Field site and transformed it into a venue suitable for college football.
Believing “it felt like home,” the Panthers qualifying for a bowl further reinforced the notion he made the right decision.
“I saw something in them, and it felt right,” Gore said. “To me, I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to be part of something special. (At Georgia State) I believe there’s a chance to build something from the ground up.”
After all, Gore knows a little something about that.