Count David Gordon as another one of the University of Arkansas football commits far more excited about the future than worried about the present.
Tulsa East Central standout Gordon (6-1, 180, 4.4), one of the nation's top cornerbacks, said just as much after making it to Fayetteville Saturday to take in Arkansas' 38-7 loss to No. 12 Florida.
It was just 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter before the Gators ripped off three touchdowns.
"I think Arkansas played really well, especially when you take in the fact that they are so young and have like 15 true freshmen either starting or playing key roles," Gordon said. "They had a few tough plays like that fumbled punt that really helped Florida, but I truly believe we – the Razorbacks - are going to be a team with a very bright future and one I am happy that I am going to be a part of.
"We have gret coaches and are getting some great recruits," Gordon added. "That's a great combination for success."
Gordon and East Central defensive tackle Pearlie Graves (6-3, 260) – another recruit that Arkansas covets - both saw limited action Friday night as the Cardinals blasted Stilwell 56-0.
Gordon , who chose Arkansas over Oklahoma and several other schools, is serving as sort of an in-state recruiting coordinator for the Razorbacks – who are after a number of Oklahoma prep standouts.
"I guess you can call me something like that," Gordon said. "I am just letting them all know about how great Arkansas is. I am trying to get Pearlie and all of the guys down to see Arkansas so we can get them all as well."
The win moved East Central to 4-1 this season with their lone loss to Booker T. Washington.
"I feel like as a team that we are finally coming together," Gordon said. "It's less about being talented and beating teams with our talent than it is coming together as a team. Mentally we are getting better and I think East Central is evolving. We are practicing harder. The seniors are stepping up. We are having a lot more leaders, verbal leaders, action-oriented leaders.
"We're having a great season and we are looking forward to the playoffs and really, Lord willing, the championship," Gordon added. "That is what we are going after."
Gordon has scored on offense, defense and through special teams this season.
East Central head coach Travis Hill believes he has a special one in Gordon.
"We feel like we have a kid at the corner position – which is where he is being recruited at – is as good as there is around," Hill said. "We are trying to get a little more out of him on the offensive side of the ball now and he is learning through that process.
"He is a great leader for our football team," Hill added. "He is one of these kids that shows up more in the big ballgames than a game like we had tonight."
Hill says Gordon is a true lockdown cover corner.
"When we play teams that have a special wide receiver – and we have already done it once this year – we put him on the kid and he totally shuts him down," Hill said. "He does a great job for us in a variety of ways."
Hill also notes that while the UA is getting a great football player that Fayetteville is getting a great citizen.
"He is a great kid and that is what makes him special," Hill said. "When you put that combination together, it makes it fun. What we call that at our place is the total package.
"…He is a solid young man across the board, not only as athlete but as a person," Hill added. "He is not only going to be great for the football team in Fayetteville, but the Fayetteville community as well."
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