The Ohio State-Toledo game in Cleveland was a first in two ways for Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville linebacker James Gordon. It was his first time watching Toledo as a future player in the program, and the first time in his life he rooted against the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-2, 205 pound prospect committed to Toledo, as reported by Rivals.com on Wednesday.
"Going to that game was a lot of fun," Gordon said. "That was the first time I have ever rooted against the Buckeyes. We have a pipeline into Ohio State here at Glenville, so I have always followed them. But it was a great experience to watch Toledo take them on."
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Gordon said he knew he was going to Toledo before they took the field against Ohio State.
"I went up to Toledo for their junior day last year, I got to meet the coaches, they seemed real cool and down to earth. My mom and I both liked the campus. The coaches just showed me a lot of love. I felt comfortable with them. I returned for summer camp and have had a bond with them ever since. That is the best place for me."
The Rockets fell to Ohio State 38-0, but Gordon feels Toledo has a bright future under Head Coach Tim Beckman, a native of the Cleveland area, and a former assistant at Ohio State under Head Coach Jim Tressel.
"I have a pretty good relationship with Coach Beckman," Gordon said. "I talked to him a couple of days ago about the commitment. He can't wait for me to get up there. We both feel I have a chance to play early and make a great contribution to the team."
Glenville stands at 3-1 on the year. Gordon has missed the last two games with a deep thigh bruise. He is questionable for Friday's game at home versus Collinwood.