Haywood Checks In On Gordon

Haywood Checks In On Gordon

Eric Gordon found the end zone just about every way imaginable this past fall. The four-star prospect from Hillsboro Comp High in Nashville, Tenn., had 10 receiving touchdowns, a kickoff return for a score, he brought back a punt, and added two pick sixes.

Offers have come in from Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Colorado and Mississippi State, where 5-foot-10, 187-pound Gordon's brother plays basketball.

"Most schools want me for all three positions, receiver, defensive back and kick return," Eric Gordon explained. "But you know, I don't have a favorite yet."

Gordon also doesn't have a favorite school yet.

One program possibly looking to join the mix is Notre Dame. Irish assistant coach Mike Haywood dropped by Gordon's school last week.

"My coach was talking to them, I didn't really get a chance to talk to them," Gordon said.

Haywood visited with head coach Scott Blade for about a half an hour.

"They like him a lot," Blade said. "Again, Notre Dame has a process. From what I understand, a more stringent process. But they definitely have an interest in him. Eric's not taking the ACT until June.

"Still, they're recruiting him. Coach Haywood said he saw good things on tape and I gave him a tape that's only going to increase that. They're excited.

"Eric is a terrific athlete. He is an exciting athlete. I think a lot of people are excited about what he is going to this upcoming season."

This past season, Gordon added 41 receptions for about 816 yards to those touchdowns. Playing safety, he had 77 tackles and three interceptions. He will play more cornerback next fall, where Notre Dame likes him.

Gordon was named AP All-State, Tennessean All-Mid-State, Region Defensive MVP and All-City.

"Recruiters tell me they see me as an explosive guy with the ball in my hands," Gordon said. "That I can make things happen. They also would love to have me on the defensive side, having me blitz or just have me cover in the secondary.

"Notre Dame sent me a big package in the mail and gave me a number to call. I think my coach told me they're interested, but I don't think they'll do anything until I take my ACT.

"I will give them a call. I'm sure they'll have something good to say. I watch them on TV every year. I'm definitely interested in them. I know it's cold but I know they have a good program. They have a great head coach. I know they had a down year last season, but that doesn't mean nothing. It's a big-time program."

Besides Notre Dame, Gordon said he is also hearing from Florida and Auburn. He plans to take all five official visits before deciding.

"The biggest thing is if someone is going to let me come in and play off the bat," Gordon said of what he is looking for in a school. "Going away isn't a problem."

Gordon's grades might be, concerning Notre Dame. Right now he is sitting on a 2.3 GPA, but is working to get his marks up.

"We just had our progress reports last week," Blade said. "It's the best semester he's had to date, plus he's got some help going into the ACT. We think he is going to be just fine, and his attitude seems to be in the right place."

Gordon reported a bench press of 310 pounds, and a squat of 405 pounds.

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