Gordon hopes to become SEC WR

Vandebilt Catholic in Houma, La., can lay claim to one of the state's best all-around athletes. Patrick Gordon, a standout for the Terriers in track and basketball, is likely to receive recruiting attention as a football prospect in the coming months.<br><br>Tiger Rag spoke to his coach and learned where Gordon's future may lie.

Gordon (6-6, 205, 4.6) was a first team All-District and first team All-Region selection last season after he hauled in 27 passes for 584 yards and seven scores. Defensive backs had their fair share of problems trying to stop him due to his size and excellent technique.

"He has all of the tools to be a good one," said Vandebilt Catholic head coach Brad Villavaso. "He doesn't really have blazing speed but he runs really good routes and he has great hands. He knows how to get open. There are a lot of great technicians that aren't really fast. We don't throw it a bunch but when we do we throw it to him."

Gordon has drawn comparisons to current LSU tight end Korey Hebert but Villavaso does not expect him to end up at Hebert's position.

"Some of the coaches have mentioned filling him out to make him a tight end but I don't see it," Villavaso told Tiger Rag. "He does a little bit of tight end stuff for us because of the formations we get into but to me he is a wide receiver."

Football is not Gordon's only passion, as he spends his off-season playing basketball and running track. That leaves little time for him to hit the weights with his gridiron teammates, so he has some work to catch up on once he gets in a college strength program.

"I think he needs to get a little bigger," Villavaso said. "You know, 205 pounds is not much when you are 6-6. He definitely needs to get stronger but he spends so much time in other sports so he's not always in the weight room. He spends most of the year in a maintenance program rather than a get-strong program."

LSU has always been Gordon's favorite school but he is not ruling out other possibilities concerning his future.

"His No. 1 school is LSU," said Villavaso. "He is open to other schools but if he had his choice he would go to LSU. I don't know yet if he is an SEC player but he does have everyone looking at him. I think he is a legit prospect. I don't know how many SEC defensive backs he will outrun but he will keep them in a back pedal." 

Sonny's View: Gordon reminds me a lot of Korey Hebert when he was heading into his senior year at Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette (La.). If Gordon can cut his 40-time down some then he will sign with a Division-I school on National Signing Day. He has a 2.5 grade point average but he has not taken the ACT. However, Villavaso said he does not expect him to have any problems with his academics.

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