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Detroit Cass Tech had several players on visits to Michigan last weekend, one of them was their senior quarterback/athlete Thomas Gordon. Already a Wolverine commitment, Gordon spent his time that weekend looking ahead to his Wolverine future.

It was a Cass Tech/Detroit reunion of sorts last weekend. There were three players from Cass on official visits to Michigan in Thomas Gordon, William Campbell and Teric Jones. A fourth, Dior Mathis was on an unofficial. Their hosts were fellow Motor City natives Boubacar Cissoko (also from Cass), Brandon Graham and Kenny Demens.

Gordon was the least ballyhooed of the Technicians coming into the season, but proved his worth, earning All-State and All-City honors as well as an offer from the Wolverines. The 5'11, 195-lber passed for 1,347 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed for 1,128 yards and 11 scores from his quarterback position and made 52 tackles and three interceptions at safety. That versatility is something the Wolverines have to look forward to.

"They said I have a chance to get playing time early," Gordon said of his talks with UM coaches, "They said they were looking for fast guys and guys that can learn the system/ They said I will start out playing safety and that's my main position, but there might be a couple packages for me at quarterback since they know I can throw it around."

During his visit, Gordon was able to pick Cissoko's brain. Just coming off his freshman season for the Wolverines, Boubacar offered some preparatory words to his former and soon to be, current teammates.

"He just said to expect the hype," Gordon said, "because everyone there lives and breathes football. With academics, he said to just stay focused and go to class and you'll be alright."

The Cass Tech to Ann Arbor pipeline has been flowing freely over the past two years, with Cissoko a year ago along Gordon and Jones so far this year. Of course, Campbell has yet to make his final decision after de-committing from the Wolverines earlier in the fall.

"I'm trying to let him have his space," Gordon admitted, "but I talk to him and try to get him to come here, Teric and I do. That's our job now to be in his ear."

It was only a few years back that Gordon, who had been a running back for most of his PAL career, was thrown into the starting quarterback job at Cass Tech as only a sophomore. He used that experience to help him get to where he is today and now that he is set to join another new team, he is certain that not much will phase him, especially not a position change.

"I'm an athlete. I can play all over the field."

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