Lining up at center for the Bulldogs, the 6-1, 305-pound lineman helped Boiling Springs to the third round of the playoffs and an impressive 10-4 record. Gordon made the switch to center after talking with his coach prior to the 2011 season and it was a move he didn't hesitate to make. It's likely that the position change will carry over to college as well.
"It was something to help out my team," Gordon told Pack Pride. "I discussed it with my coach at the beginning of the year about playing center so I never had any second thoughts about it.
"NC State has talked about playing me at center but they might also put me at guard. I told them that if it's anywhere on the inside, I can play it."
While he was passed over for the Shrine Bowl held in Spartanburg, Gordon was selected for South Carolina's North-South all-star game. He lined up for the North squad and was impressive at center with his team lined up almost exclusively in the shotgun. The North dominated the game 42-3 and Gordon did his part to help his squad rack up nearly 300 yards of total offense.
"We came out and all week we just said we were going to play ball, come out and do our thing and we did it."
Now Gordon will now turn his attention to preparing for the transition to NC State. He was a frequent visitor to Carter-Finley Stadium throughout the season although one game in particular gave him a little more personal satisfaction than the others.
"I made the Clemson game for sure. That was a big win. I was at the first home game. I missed the Maryland game but I was at a couple of other games.
"All week at school everyone was telling me that State was playing Clemson and I was letting them know that State was going to win. It was just a great, great victory for me. I had to rub it in a little bit with my friends."
Another factor in favor of the Pack was the recruiting work put in by offensive line coach Jim Bridge. Bridge let Gordon know from the beginning that despite his early commitment to State, Bridge planned to recruit him as if he was still on the market.
"Coach Bridge let me know from day one that if I came to his school he was still going to recruit me hard," said Gordon. "When he told me that I knew this was the kind of person I wanted to be around. So that was big for me."
With the regular season now complete, Gordon recognized NC State's early struggles with injuries but said he admired the way they battled back and ended the season on a high note.
"They had a lot of injuries. They had a lot of defensive linemen out. But my boys fought through. They had a good season and they're playing in a bowl."
Gordon is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 73 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.