Gordon's Blue Wish Comes True

For a youngster that stood in front of an auditorium filled with hundreds of his peers last summer and announced his dream to play football at the University of Michigan, today marks the day in which he let the world know about his long-settled-upon choice… he is a Wolverine.

The last few weeks have seemed more like months for Detroit Cass Tech QB/S Thomas Gordon.  The talented youngster was offered a scholarship by Rich Rodriguez on Monday September 8th … and almost immediately he jumped at the chance to fulfill a dream.  By Tuesday September 9th he had informed the Michigan coaching staff that he wanted to don the winged helmet.  The suspense (behind the scenes) about which college he would attend was over.  That was until last weekend, however, when he suddenly he began re-thinking his secret pledge.

Explained Gordon, "What made me change my mind in the first place… and I was clear with what my decision was going to be… but I was listening to my parents saying I should, wait, and hold out and not rush into it."

As was reported on GoBlueWolverine earlier this week, Gordon soon talked to his would-be coaches in Ann Arbor and it wasn't long before he was right back on board.

"I talked to Coach Dews (Monday) night and I talked to Coach Shafer for a long time today," recalled Gordon.  "Coach Shafer was just saying that he'd been wanting me ever since I came to the camp in the summer time.  He was just saying to me, don't listen to everybody saying that they offered me just because Michigan State did.  It was a coincidence that they got the tape the same weekend that Michigan State offered me.  They kept they're word.  They said if they saw the tape they were going to offer me.  They kept their word.  That's what people don't understand.  They don't know the story behind it.  They see everything on top, but they don't really understand what's going on."

"I just sat down and said why waste time," Gordon continued.  "I already knew what I wanted to do.   I've been wanting this for the longest (time).  Before I even started playing football I'd been wanting to go (to Michigan). "

Aside from his lifelong affinity for the Maize & Blue, there was another compelling reason for Gordon to become a Wolverine.

"I just feel like with picking Michigan that I'll come out with the best academically," he said.  "If I graduate from Michigan with a degree, that's kind of a guaranteed job.  The first thing on my list was always the degree.  The playing time I was going to get at both schools.  They were talking the same thing.  I was going to get in there and have the chance for significant playing time.  But no matter whether they say you're going to get significant playing time or a little, you are going to have to earn your playing time no matter what.  That's what it's going to come down to."

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for video of Gordon's announcement.


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