Tulsa (Okla.) East Central cornerback David Gordon is one of the fastest players in Oklahoma, and it's that speed and raw natural athletic ability that has caused many of the area's top teams to take a long, long look at him. And now he's starting to get some national attention, too.
"I just picked up an offer from Michigan," he said. "I also go an official offer from Texas Tech. I believe I got that about a week ago. I feel real great about those offers – Michigan and Texas Tech. I feel great about them, but Michigan, that's the Big House."
"I've been talking to the linebacker coach, Jay Hopson. He's a good coach. We didn't get to talk for very much. I've talked to coach Ruffin McNeill of Texas Tech, the assistant head coach. I've talked to him quite a bit."
With offers already on the table from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa, why are so many schools coming after Gordon? One word – speed.
"I ran a 21.3 last week in the 200, 10.5 100 in the regional meet, and 10.4 is my fastest so far this year," he said. "I ran a 20.12 at the OU meet and that's my fastest. I ran a 47 split in the 400 at Muskogee."
He's also rapidly improving as a football player.
"This is the going to be my year," he said. "Last year was my first year playing cornerback. I'm also going to play offense. The coaches say I'm going to be used a lot more this year. I'm supposed to be more involved with the offense. I need to improve on the little things – my back pedal, breaking, cutting and running routes right."
Gordon was well on his way to impressing everybody at the recent Fort Worth NIKE Camp, but he injured his ankle midway through the camp.
"I did OK at the Forth Worth camp," he said. I did well, but I'm still a bit raw and there are some things I need to work on. The ankle hurts still. I sprained it at the camp and it's getting better. It doesn't hurt normally unless I'm running track. I mean, when I'm running it is fine. I don't feel it. It's when I get my jump off initially is when the pain hits."
Gordon said so far the recruiting process has been anything but a pain. He's enjoying the attention and getting to know the coaches and has plans to attend camps, unofficial visits and games this fall. In a perfect world, he'd like to make a decision early. But he also talks about taking official visits this fall.
"I would like to make the decision before my season," he said. "In fact, I will make my decision before then. It will be late summer after all my officials. I need to find out what will be the best fit for me.
"I know I'm going to go down to OU, Arkansas, Michigan and possibly Texas Tech for my officials. I will probably go see whoever else offers me too. I've already been down to Tulsa and OSU so I probably won't take officials there. I want to take officials to places that I haven't seen too much of to get a better understanding to see what is best for me. I'm going to try to make the OU football camp. I would like to make Arkansas, OSU, and Michigan's also."
Gordon said a few things will factor into the ultimate decision.
"My family wants to be able to see me play, but then again they know I need to be happy," he said. "I want to go somewhere that I'm going to be taken care of. It's not all about who has the better academics. I'm a good person, and I'm going to get my education no matter what. I want to go where I feel comfortable. I want competition, and I want to go where I can push myself. I want to reach the next level."