Coker Calls DE Prospect

Miami (Fla.) Norland standout defensive end Richard Gordon has only played in one game this season, thanks to a blood pressure situation that his doctors have been monitoring. Gordon made an impact in that game.

"We shut down Northwestern," Gordon said. "We won 13-6 but they scored when they blocked a kick so their offense didn't really do much of anything."

Gordon, 6-4 and 240 pounds, saw the opposing quarterback constantly rolling away from him.

"I played tight end that game too so I was in mostly on passing situations," he said. "They were always rolling to the other side. I wanted to get some sacks but I wasn't able to. I'll get 'em though."

The talented defensive end had a chance to line up against Northwestern star lineman Chris Barney.

"He's good when he wants to be," he said. "He doesn't always move his feet like he's capable of and he sometimes gets lazy. But when he's on, he's tough. The best one I've seen is still (Matt Hardrick) from Orlando Edgewater. We played them in the state game when we were sophomores. He was awesome then and I'm sure he's a lot better now."

Gordon continues getting lots of attention on the recruiting front. He's close to setting up some of his visits.

"I got one for Florida but I'm not sure about the date," he said. "I'll also visit Florida State, Oklahoma, and NC State. I really like Coach Red (Anderson) from Florida. FSU always has good defenses. Oklahoma's been one of the top teams the last few years and I really like Coach Holiday at NC State. I talk to him almost every day."

Gordon's fifth visit is still up in the air at this point. He's not sure if he'll need to take one to UM.

"I've been around their team and program for a long time," he said. "Bryant McKinnie is my God Brother so I got to see a lot when he was there. I still hang out with Kevin Everett, (Glenn) Sharpe, and (Travarous) Bain. I know what I need to know about UM."

Speaking of the Hurricanes, they're the only program among his favorites who have not yet offered.

"Coach Shannon, I talk to him all the time," he said. "He's talking about me playing defensive end there. I talked to Larry Coker the other day. He was just telling me about their games, asking me about mine, stuff like that. He asked about my sister (a former UM basketball player, who is friends with several current and former players). I guess they are low on scholarships and offered too many to other guys so far or something."

Gordon knows UM wanted to watch him as a senior and having played in just one game may be a big reason why the offer hasn't come yet.

"The other schools have offered though and because of that, I have to put UM last right now," he said. "It's probably best that I leave this area anyway. I'll know a lot more after my visits."

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