January 15, 2009

Gordon staying true blue

Michigan finds itself steaming towards a football recruiting class in or around the top 10 nationally, despite a few "commitments" that developed more like Hollywood marriages. Here are a few words of comfort to soothe those sobbing over the ship jumpers.

Cass Tech's Thomas Gordon admitted struggling when he heard the news that U-M defensive coordinator Scott Shafer was himself a decommitment after the season. The 5-11, 199-pound athlete got to know Shafer when the DC was in Detroit to see Boubacar Cissoko, Michigan's freshman cornerback.

Gordon's own future, he felt, was impacted by the news of Shafer's exit.

"When I first heard about him leaving, it hit hard with me," Gordon admitted. "He's the one who recruited me hard when he came to recruit Boo-Boo. I'd see Coach Shafer all the time. I was looking forward to playing under Coach Shafer."

It didn't get any easier when Shafer landed on his feet as the Syracuse DC. He called up in a New York state of mind and offered Gordon a change of venue. Gordon admitted a little orange might be creeping into his maize and blue world.

Dad and mom stepped in, though, with a reminder. Given a little guidance at the proper moment, Gordon opted to not add to Michigan's list of future/maybe/never-was Wolverines.

"I'm solid with Michigan," he said. "It was kind of tough, because I was looking forward to playing under Coach Shafer.

"But I have to keep my word. That's what I did. I'm somebody who wants to be able to keep my word."

He also wants to be a part of what he's figuring will be a quick turnaround inside Michigan Stadium. A Rivals.com three-star athlete, he's committed to becoming another in a long list of those who burn more brightly in the galaxy than the telescopes first reveal.

"Stars only tell you how good somebody thinks you are," he said confidently. "They'll never know until they're out there on the field with me. There are a lot of players who came into college as two-star, three-star athletes, who turned out to be some of the best players in the nation."

Gordon aims to be one of them -- at Michigan.

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