Kenosha (Wisc.) Bradford running back Melvin Gordon is considered one of the Badger State's best prospects in the class of 2011. The 6-foot-2 prospect is one of just two underclassmen to have a written offer from Wisconsin at this point. He has already visited Wisconsin this year for games against Fresno State and Michigan.
"My favorite part of those games was just being on the field," Gordon said. "Before the game started, they took us onto the field where the team warms up and gets prepped for the game. That was cool."
Assistant coach Bob Bostad is leading the Badgers' recruitment of Gordon.
"I talked to Coach Bostad a couple of times," Gordon said. "He is a really cool guy. He shook my hand. He talked to my parents. I feel comfortable talking to him. He didn't have much time before the games, but the time we had with him was nice."
Gordon said he grew up rooting for the Badgers and the Oklahoma Sooners. Gordon saw the Badgers play a third time this season, but as an invited recruit of the Northwestern Wildcats.
"I like their atmosphere too," Gordon said. "That was my favorite part. Just being out there. The game was intense. The crowd was into the game. It was cool to watch the players and be out on the field."
Gordon also checked out Syracuse for the Orange's game against West Virginia.
"We flew out there that morning, so I really didn't get a chance to watch them warm up," Gordon said. We just watched the game. That was pretty cool too. That was my second visit, so I enjoyed it."
Gordon said he is also receiving hand-written letters from Iowa and Miami-FL. At 6-foot-2, the 2011 prospect is going to be looked at other positions, including wide receiver.
"I want to be a running back," Gordon said. "A lot of coaches see me as a wide receiver because of my size. But I lost a lot of weight during track last season. I see myself as a running back, I just got to put on the weight."
Bradford finished the season 11-1, with a conference championship and a trip to the third round of the playoffs.
"It is a great feeling to have success on the field," Gordon said. "We worked hard all year and in the off-season. The coaches pushed us. I think we should have gone deeper in the playoffs. We worked too hard to come up short. But it was a great experience for us, the fans, and our community."
Gordon said he rushed the ball 99 times for 1095 yards this season.