Gordinier, a standout defensive end prospect from Red Bank Catholic HS, saw his list of offers extend to eight with the addition of Northwestern on Jan. 19.
"That was an offer I wanted to get for a while," Gordinier tells PW. "When I finally got the offer, I was pretty excited about it. Academics play a big role with me, and you won't find many schools better than Northwestern."
It's an expected response, but Gordinier's been following the Wildcats for several years now.
They've returned the favor. Superbacks coach Bob Heffner opened conversations with the recruit before his junior season began, and while Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State are beginning to show interest, Gordinier says the initial attention from NU goes a long way.
Gordinier believes Northwestern is a program on the rise, and laments the team's injury issues last season. His defensive flexibility would provide some much-needed depth on defense.
"I feel comfortable covering running backs or tight ends, and rushing the quarterback. I think teams like my versatility," Gordinier says.
Though he's played most of his high school ball at middle or strong-side linebacker, Gordinier notes that many schools, including Northwestern, are recruiting him as a defensive end. At 6-4, 235, he has ideal size for the position.
NU continues to focus on retooling its defensive line after offering fellow 2015 ends Ryan Buchholz of Malvern (Pa.), Jacob Robinson of Westfield (Ind.) and Xavier Washington of Cedar Hill (Tex.) this month.
While East Coast stalwarts like Miami, Boston College and Virginia have caught his attention, Northwestern figures to have a good shot of landing a coveted flex defender.
Gordinier plans to visit a spring practice session in the coming months.