Gordon to officially visit Memphis

Senior Velma Jackson High (Camden, Miss.) running back Michael Gordon said Wednesday that he has a top four of Memphis, Arkansas State, UAB, and Southern Miss.

Senior Velma Jackson High (Camden, Miss.) running back Michael Gordon said Wednesday that he has a top four of Memphis, Arkansas State, UAB, and Southern Miss.

He said he'll take an official visit to Memphis during the first weekend of December.

"I like everything about them," Gordon said. "It's close to home. I just have to see academic-wise. They told me I can play early, so that's a good sign."

Gordon has rushed for just under 2,000 yards this season and his squad is poised to make a run for the state title in Mississippi.

Gordon said U of M coach Larry Porter's experience as a running back at Memphis is helpful.

"I know he's played it, he's been through it all," Gordon said. "He can possibly get me playing on Sundays."

He said the Tigers' current season doesn't weigh as much on him because he's looking toward the future of the program.

"It's not about who's winning or not," Gordon said. "It's how could I help in the future. That's what I'm looking at."

A large part of his decision will be based on a welcoming atmosphere, he said.

"I want a team that plays as a family," Gordon said. "It's not based on early playing time. If you work hard enough, you can take anybody's position. It's just based on how to the team looks."

Gordon said ideally he'd like to stay in the state of Mississippi but that most of the schools instate aren't particularly courting him.

"You've got to do what you've got to do," Gordon said. "That was my main goal, to stay in Mississippi, but I haven't gotten a lot of love from them. If all that fails, we'll see where it goes."

Gordon said he'll most likely wait until signing day to make a decision. He has no other official visits scheduled currently.


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