RECRUITING: Gordon takes the plunge for UF

After saying earlier in the day that he was about "87%" headed to the University of Florida, Miami Norland defensive end/tight end Richard Gordon (6-4, 240, 4.7,'s number 15 DE, 4 stars) took the plunge Monday night and committed to the Gators.

"It's looking like there's an 87% chance that I'll go to Florida," said Gordon earlier in the day when speaking to But all that changed Monday evening when he spoke to the Florida coaching staff. He became 100 per cent certain and said yes to the Gators offer.

Richard Gordon said Florida's coaching staff and academics allowed him to make the final choice with confidence.

"They've got a great coaching staff and they've got some great academic support," he said. "And with the new coaches there I think I'll have a good chance at getting into the rotation. Plus the environment around the campus and the community feeling there are great. I'd also be close to my grandma and some of my other family members that live in Georgia. They'd be like two hours away from me."

Gordon visited Miami over the weekend and he enjoyed the visit to the school that's not all that far from his home.

"My trip to Miami this past weekend was great. I'd give it a ten. Pedro Marti (defensive line) was my host. We basically went to a party on campus and just hung around there. "Miami is right around the corner from me so everything there looked great. I didn't really have a highlight on the trip. And I didn't have a negative to it either."

In Gordon's senior year at Norland, he had 35 tackles and one sack in the five games he played. He also had 245 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

He carries a 2.6 GPA in the classroom and has taken the SAT once (770). He retakes the test a week from Saturday.

"I'll have no problem qualifying next time I take the test," he said. "And none of the coaches I've talked to have ever mentioned taking the JC route."

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