Leonard Gordon not ready to narrow list

Fort Campbell High School prospect Leonard Gordon has quietly collected a number of scholarship offers and the standout safety recently talked with ITV about the recruiting process, preparation for his senior season and more.

Since making the transition from linebacker to safety in the second game of his junior season, Fort Campbell High School's Leonard Gordon has watched his stock rise. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Gordon was named his team's Defensive MVP after recording a 128 tackles and college coaches around the country took notice.

Despite attending just one camp this spring because of scheduling difficulties, the interest in Gordon has continued to climb. In addition to early scholarship offers collected from Louisville, Kentucky and Western Kentucky, Gordon now claims additional offers from Arkansas, Ball State, Duke, LSU, Penn State, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

"Right now I'm looking at everybody," Gordon said of his multiple options. "I want to get to know the coaches a little better and see what's available in the field that I want to study."

"I'm planning on studying physical therapy," he continued. "Because I play football, I have had a lot of injuries, so I've seen what it is like and since I can't play forever I figure that physical therapy is way for me to stay close to the game."

To assist in his efforts to find the right college, Gordon hopes to make a few unofficial visits prior to the start of his school year.

"I'm still going to try to get a few visits in before I start school," he said. "I'm going to try to get to Louisville and some of the other one's close to me."

As for Louisville, which extended it's offer soon after National Signing Day last February, Gordon like's the opportunities available with the Cardinal program.

"Louisville has a great program," he said. "I've talked to Coach Petrino a couple times and he has them headed in the right direction. Now being the BIG EAST, they can play for the Orange Bowl or even the BCS Championship every year. Plus, they have a physical therapy program which is really good."

While Petrino's staff appears to be in great shape with Gordon, they may have to wait until later this summer before finding if they are among his short list of favorites.

"I have been talking with my family about how I'd like to have it narrowed down to five schools by the end of summer," he explained. "I'm not sure when I will decide. I haven't really thought about that. It could happen tomorrow if it felt right or it could be after the season."

This past Monday and with two-a-days right around the corner, Gordon and his Fort Campbell teammates began their preparation's for the upcoming season.

"We started going really hard and getting after it," he said. "Right now we are hitting the weights and conditioning so we will be ready for two-a-days."

With the nucleus a the team that went 10-2 last fall, Gordon believes that Fort Campbell has the essentials for a strong run at the Class 2A State Championship in 2005.

"We have the talent, but not everybody that has talent wins championships. We have talent and chemistry, which is important if you want to win. Everyone knows their roles real well and we are willing to work hard and do what it takes to win a state championship this year."

Fort Campbell will kick off it's season at home on August 19th hosting Paducah Tilghman.


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