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Talking With Dunlap Star Mitchell Gore Class Of 2021

So in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for lllinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know , but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Mitchell Gore Class of 2021 Dunlap LB/RB/ATH 6'0 230

Mitchell Gore how was your 2019 season?

My 2019 season was definitely one I will remember. Last season was my first season as a Dunlap Eagle. The guys welcomed me right in and I couldn't have been more grateful. It was an adjustment period as I played my first year as a stand up linebacker. I saw lots of playing time on both sides of the ball. It was a great season that didn't quite end as well as we wished it to. Overall it was a good season individually, earning 1st Team Mid-Illini and Honorable-Mention All Area. Although a good season, I know there's lots of things I can improve on to help my team for next season.  What does football mean to you? To me, football is a way of life. It's been a part of my life since I was 3. Football has always pushed me to find the best in myself and has taught me how to handle adversity when it arrives. It's pushed me to become a better athlete and off the field individual. It's helped me form a brotherhood with guys that have seen the good and the bad on the field with me. Friday night lights are a chance for me to play alongside my teammates and bond our community together.  What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason? I've focused on a lot of things this offseason. Physically, I have focused on increasing strength, speed, and technique. I have trimmed off some weight allowing me to get quicker and more elusive, while still adding muscle to increase strength. Mentally, I have worked on film analysis, leadership amongst the team, and an even greater understanding of the playbook to allow quicker in-game diagnosis.  What schools have you talked to so far? I've been fortunate to have multiple schools contact me. I've received my first couple offers, had some visits, have visits in the works, and still have new coaches contacting me. I've talked with colleges of all levels: FCS, D2, D3, and NAIA. I'm taking the time to look at all options and anyone that is interested in me. I am still open in my recruiting.  What should college coaches know about you? They should know I am a very dedicated individual. I have the "first one to there and the last one to leave" mentality. I will spend as much time needed in order to become my best self possible. I am a team player and look to form a bond with all my guys wherever I go. It is a team sport and I believe better results come with better teamwork. I will do what is asked of me by the coaches and will take constructive criticism to heart and do what I can to fix what is wrong.  How does this Dunlap squad look for 2021? Our 2021 team looks good. I think we have something special. We have some newer faces around the drills. Our guys this summer were quick to understand the playbook. Our team morale is very high, considering our current situation (COVID-19). I think we've got some guys willing to work real hard. It's a dedicated group and I think we're going to do something great this upcoming season. I speak for us all when I say we just want to play under the lights with our community and families behind us.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the field?

I feel that my strongest traits on the field would have to be my pursuit to the play and my leadership. My coaches have instilled in us to finish through the whistle and to play till the man hits the ground or the whistle is blown. On the leadership side, I've had some guys looking to me for guidance and it's an honor. I want to be someone that can lead the team through the ups and downs on the field. 

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