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Frank Gore Jr. announces commitment to FAU

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The legacy of a Gore running the football in South Florida is slated to continue for the college career of the famous running back’s son. This after Frank Gore Jr. verbally declared that he will play for Lane Kiffin and FAU program in 2020.

Gore Jr. made the announcement Thursday night on social media that he will stay in the South Florida area after his senior season at Miami Killian High School:

The 5’8 170 lbs. Gore Jr. reportedly turned down Kentucky and Southern Miss, among others, to stay local in Boca Raton.

Interestingly, new coach Manny Diaz and the staff at Gore Sr.’s alma mater, the University of Miami, did not have much interest in having Gore Jr. play for them. This despite the younger Gore showing some definite explosiveness and cutting ability in the open field as a junior a year ago.

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Gore Sr. talked a year ago about the opportunity to return to Miami and play for the Dolphins and to also have the chance to see his son frequently play high school games at Killian in 2018. He was able to do that in a season where Miami got off to a great 3-0 start, but everything unraveled, the team ended up with a losing record and coach Adam Gase being fired.

Gore ended with the fewest yards in his career (722), since his rookie year in San Francisco in 2005. He had five games in 2018, where he tallied at least 60 yards rushing and at least 4.8 yards per carry on his average, but suffered a foot injury in the week 15 game at Minnesota and was done for the year.

The 14,000 yard career rusher was not re-signed by Miami this past season, and has instead latched on with the Buffalo Bills for 2019.

Kiffin is entering his third season at Florida Atlantic and is already seen his top running back of the last two years, record-setting Devin Singletary, be drafted by those same Buffalo Bills this past April.

Finally, as we often point out, that the younger Gore’s verbal commitment is non-binding, and he can obviously change his mind between now and the first signing period in December.

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