The University of Michigan always had a place in the heart of Inkster ATH Cameron Gordon. Despite that, the change in coaching staff last season made a commitment to the Maize & Blue far from a formality. It took time for him to get acquainted with all the new faces… and even more time to feel wanted. Recently, though, that comfort level he had in years past began. Today he made it clear that it was all of the way back he pledged to the Wolverines.
"I've been (thinking) about (committing)," Gordon said. "Today is just the day that I just decided to do it. I talked to Iowa yesterday and let them in on what was happening. Today I talked to Coach Dews. I haven't talked to Coach Rod yet. I just thought it was about that time. I've been thinking about it for a little bit, so today was just the day."
Gordon had long expressed a desire to visit Iowa so he could gain a better feel for what the Hawkeyes and receiver coach Erik "Soup" Campbell (who formerly coached at Michigan) have to offer. Upon returning home Monday, his recruiting picture was suddenly a lot clearer.
"Going down to Iowa, it wasn't nothing that went wrong," explained Gordon. "I know people were saying it was a bunch of corn fields and everything (in Iowa). It wasn't nothing like that. It was just that I thought that Michigan had things like the academics and the alumni… things like that that were a bonus for the school. That's what made Michigan come over Iowa."
For Gordon's family, the decision came as a joyous relief. It was the outcome that had been hoping for all along.
"I told my parents, and me and my uncle talked about it after I got back from Iowa," Gordon recalled. "I think he knew. They love it (laughing). They're just happy that it's so close. They're really happy about it."
Michigan assistant Tony Dews was equally excited.
"I told him, 'I'm a Michigan Man,' and he said, ‘Welcome aboard,'" said Gordon. At first he was like, ‘What took you so long?' I should have said 'What took y'all so long' (laughing)."
During an in-home visit last Friday Dews laid out what the plan for Gordon would be once he arrives in Ann Arbor.
"He said come in at wideout and whether I play all depends on how hard I work," Gordon stated. "I was cool with that. I feel that any place that I go you just not going to be handed a job. You've still got to work hard when you get there. That's what he was saying."
With his decision now out the way, many will begin wondering if he will immediately start recruiting his blue-chip teammate, junior QB Devin Gardener for Michigan?
"We'll see," Gordon said laughing. "We're going to give Devin a little bit of time to think out what he is going to do. We'll see what Devin wants to do."
For now the 6-3, 215-pounder will focus his energy on his readiness for the next level… both on and off the field.
"I start training next week," he said. "Basically it's plyometrics, but I'll also get a little bit of track running in and stuff like that. School is going good too. Last report card I got a 3.4."