Arkansas lands Gordon

The University of Arkansas football and track programs land a big one on Friday afternoon when Tulsa East Central standout cornerback and sprinter David Gordon (6-1, 180, 4.4) commits to the Razorback coaches over LSU, Oklahoma and Michigan.

It had been David Gordon's intention to wait until this fall, take some visits to his final three schools and then announce a decision on where he would head to college.

But the more he thought about it, the East Central star cornerback and track star just couldn't see any reasons to wait any longer.

So Gordon (6-1, 180, 4.4) called the University of Arkansas coaches early Friday afternoon and told them he was choosing the Razorbacks over LSU, Oklahoma and Michigan.

"I have been thinking about it a lot and Arkansas is just in my heart," Gordon said. "I put Michigan up against Arkansas and Arkansas won. I put LSU up against Arkansas and Arkansas won and then I put OU up against Arkansas and Arkansas won. So there was just no reason to wait."

Gordon, one of the nation's fastest athletes and someone who has run a 10.4 in the 100, 21.22 in the 200 and 47.62 in the 400, will actually now be attending the Razorbacks' one-day camp Saturday as one of the UA's six commitments for 2009.

"It's so much about the relationships that I have with the Arkansas coaches," Gordon said. "It is more like a relationship with an older brother. I know they are going to guide me down the right path and take care of me. I talk to them all the time and especially (UA assistant) Coach (Garrick) McGee and I are really close. It is the place for me."

Gordon also loves the closeness of Fayetteville to his home.

"It is an hour-and-a-half away from my house," Gordon said. "That's close enough, yet far enough away. "I just have always loved the Razorbacks and this is the place I need to be."

Gordon is coming off a junior season in which he helped lead his team to a Class 5A semifinal round game.

"I feel good about my speed obviously and I think that really helps me in coverage and also my height - I am 6-1 with the wingspan I am told of somebody 6-3," Gordon said. "I also think I have a good mindset about the game.

"The one thing I am really working on is my technique, which is not very good because I have only played the position one year," Gordon added. "That's where (Arkansas cornerbacks) Coach (Lorenzo) Ward will come in. I know he is going to take me, mold me with the right technique and make me a great fundamental player."

Competing in both football and track on the college level was very important to Gordon, who noted all four schools had told he would be able to to that.

"Arkansas has had tremendous success in track and has had a great history of two-sport guys," Gordon said. "I am thinking they can take my 10.4 and get it down to 10.0. I'm excited about competing in both sports for the Razorbacks."

Gordon will have a teammate with him on Saturday for Arkansas' one-day camp with wideout Chris Williams (6-1, 170, 4.5) making the trip.

"He's a great wide receiver and also someone that is very interested in Arkansas," Gordon said. "Who knows? Maybe he ends up a Razorback, too."

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