Iowa Offers Gourdine

Isaiah Gourdine, a hard-hitting safety from Michigan, picked up an offer from Iowa at the end of last week. The Class of 2013 prospect talks about how the opportunity came about and updates the rest of his recruitment, including summer visit and camps stops, in this update.

The next two months look to be busy ones for 2013 Safety Isaiah Gourdine. And at the end of them he hopes to have gathered enough information to be able to choose his college.

"I'll probably decide like the week before my first game just to give me enough time to make a good decision," the Farmington (MI) High product said. "But I want to make my decision before the football season starts so I don't have to go through all of the calls and stuff and I can just focus on my high school season."

The group of schools from which Gourdine will select grew by one on Thursday when Iowa came through with a scholarship offer. The 6-foot-1 1/2, 188-pound defensive back reported that he already had secured similar opportunities from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Ball State and San Diego State. He said Michigan State and Indiana have shown the most interest among the programs yet to offer a him a ride.

"I'm going on a big bus tour (with other college prospects) to see a whole bunch of colleges and to football camps during the next month or so," Gourdine said. "I know we're stopping at Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia and Notre Dame. There are a few others that I can't remember right now."

After the bus tour, Gourdine, the 74th-ranked safety nationally in his class according to Scout.com, will take some individual trips, including one to Iowa City.

"I'm definitely going to visit Iowa," Gourdine said. "Me and my parents are waiting for the school year to end before setting things up. After I'm done with my bus tour, I'm pretty sure I'll make my way down there."

Iowa Assistant Erik Campbell stopped in to visit Gourdine earlier this spring at his high school. A few days later, defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson met with him at Farmington.

"Thursday, my head coach called me and told me to call Iowa because they might want to offer me," Gourdine said. "I called them and then they offered me. They said that they need more safeties; big, physical safeties like myself. That's why they offered me.

"I know some things about Iowa, but not enough. I'm still learning about them."

Gourdine said he made spring stops at Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Penn State.

"I would like it to have a good feel, like a family vibe," he said about for what he's looking in a program. "And I don't want to be sitting out for like three years and then finally get to play my senior year. I want to know that if I go somewhere and I work hard, I can play as soon as possible."

Farmington runs a four-four defensive scheme with Gourdine roaming the back end by himself.

"I know the game well," Gourdine said. "I know the down and distance. That helps me get myself in position to make plays. I'm really physical. I can get to the ball very quickly."

Gourdine reports running a 4.56-second, 40-yard dash. He also said his GPA sits at 2.5.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to major in for college," Gourdine said. "I've been thinking more about it, but haven't made up my mind."


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