Cameron Gordon, a junior wide receiver who played last season at Melvindale High School, got a jolt when he visited Michigan State for a Junior Day event over the weekend — a good one.
"They offered me a scholarship," he told GSN earlier tonight. "I was shocked. . . . I knew I had teams looking at me, but I didn't really know that Coach (Mark) Dantonio was going to sit me down and offer me a scholarship."
The speedy, 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout, who runs track in the offseason, says the offer is his first and he's happy the Spartans think so highly of him.
"I talked to coach Dantonio and everything went good. I didn't accept the offer because I'm weighing my options," Gordon said. He went on to explain how much he appreciates Dantonio's soft-sell recruiting philosophy.
"He didn't say, ‘So, are you going to accept?' . . . He's giving me some time to think about it. He says he likes players to tell him they want to come to the school, not him pressuring them to come to the school. I like that about Coach Dantonio . . . I appreciate that."
Gordon also took a liking to another Spartan coach. "I talked to the strength and conditioning coach (Ken Mannie.) He gave me a big heads up on how they work, how they're hard working and everything. I liked him a lot."
The pair sound like a match made in heaven the way Gordon describes his style of play on the gridiron.
"I'm a real physical receiver that can play both sides of the ball," he said. It is, in fact, a former Spartan and physical NFL receiver who Gordon models his game after.
"Plaxico Burress (is someone) I think very highly of," he said. "I'm thinking about getting the number 4, like he wore at Michigan State."
At Melvindale, Gordon also got to be aggressive on defense at linebacker, and that has caught the eye of the Green and White staff.
"The Michigan State defensive coaches, they love me at linebacker. They said that's what they're looking for, tough guys that like to get after it . . . at safety or linebacker."
But for now, Gordon's heart is on offense. "I told them I wanted to be at wide receiver and they accepted that. . . . They understand where I'm coming from and I understand where they're coming from."
For next season, when he'll be playing at a new high school, Gordon is setting lofty goals.
"At Inkster I feel we're going to win the state championship," he said. "I plan on setting records (next) year."
He says he'll make a decision without the pressure of a self-imposed deadline and plans on visiting plenty of other schools and hitting the Junior Day and summer camp circuit. But for now, the Spartans have made quite an impression.
"I like Michigan State a lot," he said. "They showed me a lot of love . . . they're high on my list right now."
Gordon Pulls in First Offer from Spartans
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