Player Spotlight: LeAndrew Gordon

Last summer, after a sensational freshman season at Pantego Christian Academy in Arlington, Texas, LeAndrew Gordon camped at Kansas State competing against top older talent. The move paid off as Gordon's first offer came from the Wildcats.

"The offer came in person from Bill Snyder last fall when I was up there during an unofficial visit," said LeAndrew Gordon. "I love Coach Snyder and the other coaches. They're very passionate in what they do. It's not just a job for them, it's their life. I talked with the wide receivers coach [Michael Smith], and he told me to just stay on my grades and I'll be fine."

Joe Gordon, who heads up Kansas State football recruiting operations, is LeAndrew's father. As a Wildcat player, Joe Gordon was a two-time All-Big Eight selection as a sophomore and junior (1994 and 1995) at cornerback. LeAndrew Gordon, 5-foot-6, 160-pounds also plays cornerback, but is utilized more on offense at wide receiver and running back at Pantego Christian.

"This year my catching improved," said Gordon, "making yards after the catch, and my route running. I finished in a five-way tie for first team All-State, and they could only have four, so they went with the seniors. We got third in the district. Next year, I think we have the best team returning since I've been here. We got a good chance to make it to the final four. That's the goal."

Speed is a big part of Gordon's game. He ran a 4.31 at his high school and followed it up with a 4.34 in the 40 yard dash. On the track team, he competes in the 100 meter dash, and the 4x1 and 4x2 relays. As he looks toward his junior season, Gordon has a big summer schedule planned.

"I'm possibly going to a TCU camp toward the beginning of June, and then the K-State camp for sure. I'm thinking about taking some unofficial visits this summer actually, just a couple in Texas with a friend of mine, like Rice. Youngstown State offered me about a month ago. I've also been receiving letters from Oregon and Oregon State."

With two years of high school remaining, Gordon could become a hot commodity in the recruiting world. As it stands now, there's a lot of mutual love between Kansas State and Gordon.

"Ever since I was young I've been a die-hard Wildcat fan," Gordon said. "The city of Manhattan is very embracing. It's a beautiful college town, very diverse. It's become like a second home to me. Growing up in Dallas, it's great to get away to a smaller setting. I love going up there and can't wait to get back for camp."

Gordon reports a 3.7 GPA at Pantego Christian Academy. He's looking into studying Business and R.O.T.C. in college. In addition to football and track, Gordon also plays baseball and basketball for the Panthers.

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