July 22, 2008

Gordon on the Spartan radar

Lots of hype has surrounded Cameron Gordon this spring, but there is another Gordon in Michigan who not only has some serious skills, but is on the radar of the Michigan State Spartans, Thomas Gordon of Detroit Cass Tech High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with this stock on the rise prospect last night and has the latest on his recruitment.

Lots of hype has surrounded Cameron Gordon this spring, but there is another Gordon in Michigan who not only has some serious skills, but is on the radar of the Michigan State Spartans, Thomas Gordon of Detroit Cass Tech High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with this stock on the rise prospect last night and has the latest on his recruitment.
Last week at the Spartan One Day Elite Camp SpartanMag.com spotted the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Gordon working out with Coach Harlon Barnett and the defensive backs. Gordon has seen his stock rises steadily this spring and summer and his performance in East Lansing did nothing to hurt that.
One f the reasons Gordon has flown somewhat under the radar is due to the fact that he projects at a position he did not play as a junior. College coaches see Gordon as a safety at the next level, but he played exclusively quarterback last fall for Cass Tech. This year he will be playing both ways for the Technicians.
Despite not playing the safety spot, numerous schools have already extended Gordon an offer based on his overall athletic ability.

"Pretty much all of the MAC schools have offers, Gordon said. "Ball State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan."
Gordon has been receiving plenty of interest from both Michigan State and Michigan. He camped at Michigan back in June before heading up to State. He gave us the following on the two rivals.
"I ran a 4.48 forty at Michigan Camp," he said. "Coach Schaeffer and Coach Dews keep in-touch with me all the time. They told me it would probably be after the season before they offered. They want to see how I play this fall."
As far as the Spartans:
I have talked with Coach Enos and Coach Dantonio, he said. Coach Enos and Coach Barnett are going to come down and see me play at the beginning of the season. They said if they like the way I tackle I will get an offer."
In addition to the Spartans and the Wolverines, Gordon indicated that both the Indian Hoosiers and Penn state have been in touch.
Many who follow recruiting and high school football view Cass Tech as a Michigan feeder school. In recent years the Technicians have sent a lot of players to Ann Arbor. The only two in-state commits UM has this year are Cass tech products William Campbell and Teric Jones. However, it wasn't long ago that Cass Tech products Rodrick Maples and Dawan Moss played for the Green and White. It is no coincidence that these players were recruited out of Detroit when Coach Dantonio was on the staff under Nick Saban.

With two teammates headed to Michigan we asked Gordon if he gets pressure from his teammates about joining them?
"Yes they joke about it," he said. "We would all like to keep that bond, but we also know that we have to do what is best for each of us. We just want to get Cass Tech out there. "
As for the next few weeks, Gordon indicated that he will continue to workout with his teammates and prepare for the upcoming season. We asked him about the expectations and matching up with Defending State Champion Martin Luther King High School.

"That is going to be a great one. They are rebuilding, but they are King though so you know they will have players. We are looking forward to it. I think we are going to have a real good team this year."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Gordon in the coming weeks. Despite a limited amount of scholarships, it is possible that Michigan State could still in the market for a defensive back recruit. Adding another Detroit area player with skills like Gordon could be an option.




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