Last weekend proved to be an exciting one for Detroit Cass Tech standout Thomas Gordon. After A three touchdown, nine tackle, two pass-breakup performance versus Detroit Pershing Friday evening, the 6-0 205 pounder received a Michigan State offer. The next day he made his way to East Lansing for an unofficial visit. When he went to school Monday he thought the excitement in his recruitment had simmered down. Then he received a message from teammate William Campbell that stirred things right back up.
"Big Will text me during class and told me (Michigan assistant) Coach Dews wanted to talk to me," Gordon recalled. "I text him back and was like, ‘For what?' He said, ‘(Michigan) just offered you!' Big Will… he likes to play a lot, so I was like, ‘Yeah, right, you're just playing.' Me and him (have the same class) next hour. When I saw him he was like, ‘I'm telling you, (Michigan) offered you.' Twenty minutes later Coach Wilcher came and pulled me out of class and put me on the phone with the Michigan coaches. I guess all of them were in a meeting because I could hear them in the background."
At that point members of the staff took turns stating the Wolverines' case.
"They were like, ‘We almost had to send a police convoy up to East Lansing to come get you,' "Gordon said laughing. Then they said, ‘How do you stand with us?' I was like, ‘Y'all are still in my top four, but I've got Michigan State at the top.' They said they understood. Then Coach Dews got on the phone. He said, ‘Teric brought up your film, we got a chance to watch it, and we want to offer you. He said, ‘We are not doing this just because Michigan State did it. We did it because you're a good athlete and we want you. We just needed to watch the film on you.' Then they started passing the phone around. "
"Next I talked to Coach Shafer. He said, ‘Congratulations! I've been waiting to get my hands on you ever since you came up here to the camp.' Then he said, ‘I'm looking forward to you coming here.'"
"Next I talked to Coach Rod. He was just backing up what Coach Dews was saying about why they offered. He said that I was a good player and I was going to be at safety."
It was a day that Gordon had long envisioned. He had made no secret of his desire to someday don the Maize & Blue. That much became clear when he shared his dream with hundreds of other youngsters at the ThinkDetroit PAL combine this summer.
"I remember that," he stated. "We were in the little auditorium at Wayne State and (the counselor) asked me what I wanted. I told him I wanted to be a blue chip top 15 player and to be a future Wolverine with my top two teammates."
Upon hearing the news, the aforementioned teammates… Campbell and Teric Jones… were quick to offer their advice.
"Teric was telling me to commit right there on the spot," said Gordon. "Big Will wanted me to commit too. He wanted me to do the same thing."
So with the opportunity now squarely in front of him, did he jump at it?
"(The Michigan coaches) asked when did I think I was going to commit," Gordon said. "I said I was going to keep my word and wait a little bit into the season. I'm not going to just put the other schools down. I want to make it fair still. I don't just want to put them on the back burner. They put in their hard work to recruit me. (Michigan) said that they understood that they respected me for holding to my word. They said, ‘That's part of what we like about you. Just let us know when you're ready.'"
Now with offers from Michigan, Michigan State and every school in the Mid American Conference, Gordon is taken aback by just how far he has come. Word has it that Illinois could be on the verge of joining the party. The next step appears to be taking more visits. A trip to Illinois could be in the works this weekend and he already has firm plans to visit Michigan State the weekend of the 20th for the Notre Dame game, and Michigan the weekend of the 27th for the Wisconsin game. The question now is, how long will does he plan to continue the recruiting process. Last night Gordon indicated it won't go on much longer.
"I'll do it after the King game in a few weeks," he said regarding his plans to announce his decision.
Cass Tech will square off with Martin Luther King September 26th at 3:30 PM.
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Gordon's recruitment coming days.