What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Gordinier has ideal size for an OLB/DE hybrid prospect. He has enough size to drop down into a defensive end spot in a 4-3 alignment and also has some speed and athleticism to play strongside linebacker in a 3-4. He plays with a motor that never stops running, and that helped him make almost 100 tackles in 11 games as a junior last season. He has a high football IQ, works hard at what he does, and comes from one of the premier prep programs in the entire state of New Jersey. He's a kid who should be able to come in and challenge for playing time right away, especially with how advanced he is from a technique standpoint.
What may concern you: Gordinier lacks top notch speed and athleticism. He isn't the most fluid player out there while playing in space, and doesn't have tremendous quickness or explosiveness off the edge as a pass rusher. He's gotten by in high school because of the scheme he plays in, how much he hustles, and how well he knows the game. At the college level, those things will be neutralized so he'll need to find ways to get after the quarterback. A lot of the elite programs that recruit the state of New Jersey recruited him but never offered a scholarship.
Bottom Line: Gordinier became Miami's 15th commitment in the Class of 2015. He joins Scott Patchan as one of two defensive end prospects in this class and joins Kevin Feder as one of two New Jersey players committed. With other offers from schools like Boston College, Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Nebraska, Gordinier was being recruited like a solid three-star prospect. Miami has been recruiting him for a long time, he comes from the same high school that Al Golden attended, and he waited until taking a visit to the school before pulling the commitment trigger. Those are three major reasons why it's very unlikely that he'll flip his commitment to another school later in the year.