Four-star wide receiver Cameron Gordon played his junior season at Melvindale High School, but toward the end of the school year he moved to Inkster High. He said the move was necessary if he wanted to be a serious Division I prospect.
"My family and I just felt that I wasn't getting the right life lessons," Gordon, a physical 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver, said.
"The move has been the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
"It's all about knowing where you're trying to get to in life. You really can't do things like other kids do. You can't just go hang out like the other guys. You're an athlete and you have to do things the right way. That wasn't happening at my old school. You need to focus on the little things like your grades. If you don't have your grades and do the right things, you aren't going to be a success in life, no matter if you play football or not."
Gordon said a big reason for the renewed focus on life on and off the field has come from legendary Inkster coach Greg Carter.
Known in Detroit as the "Dean of Discipline," Carter has been successful everywhere he's been at. He's the coach that built DePorres into one of the top programs in the state before it closed down.
"Coach Carter has done it with a lot of kids, and he said he sees a ton of potential with me," he said. "He knows what it takes, and that's something that I trust him on. He's a great person to look up to."
If things stay on track, Gordon will become one of the most heavily recruited players in the Midwest and possibly the nation. Gordon is sitting with one offer from Michigan State, but with the transition from one school to another, that's a big reason why others haven't jumped on board quite yet.
But again schools are staying in contact with him.
"I talked to the coaches at Bowling Green the other day," he said. "They said they'd be at school this week to offer me. I'm also talking quite a bit to Michigan State, Central Michigan and Minnesota. I think most of the schools are waiting to come by school here this spring. That's what coach is saying, at least."
When it comes down to making a decision, Gordon said he doesn't plan to rush into a decision.
"I think I want to wait," he said. "I really haven't been to too many schools. I haven't met too many people. I want to find a school where I can balance my athletic life with my academic life."