LeAndrew Gordon, who committed to Kansas State in February, has become a duel-threat quarterback in his senior season at Pantego Christian Academy in Arlington, Texas. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound athlete is being recruited by the Wildcat staff to play slot receiver and kick/punt returner, but has gotten a chance to see the game from a different perspective taking on the quarterback role.
"I've been doing fine," said LeAndrew Gordon. "I've turned into Denard Robinson this year throwing and running the ball. In our last game I had five touchdowns and took a kick return to the house for another score. I'm averaging close to 100 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per game. I'd prefer to be at wide receiver, but I'm a team player and want to do what I can to help the team win.
"I'm seeing what the quarterback sees, so I going to know more what to do to help him out. I think it's going to help my game in the future because I know so much more about understanding defenses and looking at the receivers on their routes."
Many Kansas State fans know LeAndrew because of his father, Joe Gordon, a former All-American cornerback at Kansas State and their current director of recruiting operations. The younger Gordon is enjoying seeing the team's success this season and is patiently awaiting his official visit later on in the year.
"This is what Bill Snyder has been trying to accomplish with the program," he said. "I have to hand it to them. The guys have worked hard to get to this point and as a fan and a future player it's exciting to see them winning and in the top five in the nation.
"I'm going to be making my official visit on December 1st for the Texas game. I've been watching them play on T.V. and I talk to Coach Smith once or twice every couple of weeks. I like him a lot. He's good friends with my dad. I've got to work with him every summer for the past four years. He's a great guy, great coach, and also a great recruiter."
Most believe Gordon is a lock for the Wildcats when it comes to Signing Day considering his ties to the university's football program, but the coaches at Yale are making a strong run at him and have his attention.
"I was up [at Yale] for their spring game," said Gordon. "It's a great academic school. I wish Kansas State had their academics or Yale had Kansas State's football program. Then it would be an easy decision. I'm still committed to Kansas State, but going to Yale is a unique opportunity not everybody has a chance to do, so I definitely want to consider it."
The Pantego Panthers are 3-3 and currently ranked number three in their district. This weekend they travel to Grapevine, Texas to face Faith Academy in TAPPS Division II District 1 play.