Searching for answers at cornerback, the Irish dug into the state of Washington and found one of the best in the Pacific Northwest: Kyler Gordon.
The four-star recruit from Everett, Wash., has been making waves on the recruiting trail throughout the Pac 12, landing offers from Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Washington and more.
Notre Dame took notice and offered him on Feb. 23, the last offer he has received. Since the offer, the Irish have been in close contact, making sure he knows that he’s wanted in South Bend.
“They’re pretty high up there,” Gordon said. “I’m looking to take a visit over there once I’m allowed to take my official visits. That’s something that I’m looking forward to, checking out their campus and talking to their coaches.”
Many schools are pushing hard for Gordon’s signature.
“The ones that are in contact a lot are probably Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Notre Dame is in there too, a lot, Nebraska, Utah, they talk to me a lot,” Gordon said. “They’re all pretty high up there.”
Gordon is proud to represent the state of Washington. It’s home to a lot of talent in the 2018 class, including quarterback Jacob Sirmon (No. 51 overall) and Seattle athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison, (No. 254) who also holds a Notre Dame offer.
“I definitely feel it’s really, really underrated,” Gordon said. “A lot of teams want to look at California a lot and not over here in Washington. There’s a lot of really good players here but because they’re from Washington, their interest is way lower. I would definitely say there isn’t as much as there is in California, but there’s definitely a lot of ‘as good’ players up here.”
Gordon has connections to Notre Dame through his high school, Archbishop Murray.
“I have a lot of teachers at my school and coaches that are alumni from there,” Gordon said. “They told me a lot about it and how good it is and the different kids that are up there. That makes me really interested in checking it out and see what they’re talking about. I’d like to know more about it.”
Gordon is impressed with Notre Dame’s western area recruiter. A rapport has been built in the past couple months and should continue during the spring evaluation period.
“I’ve been talking to coach (Brian) Polian,” Gordon said. “So far, what I know about him is he’s a pretty cool dude and letting me know that he’s thinking about me, and stuff, and he really wants me. He’s a really great dude and I really like him.”
An important aspect of Gordon’s recruitment is academics. Per Gordon’s junior Hudl highlights, he boasts a 3.81 GPA.
“That’s my main thing,” Gordon said. “I’m not really 100-percent sure (what I want to study), I’ve just been introduced a little bit to it. I’m just figuring out what my interests are.”
Gordon put together an impressive stat sheet during his junior season.
The two-way star rushed for 186 yards, added 802 yards receiving and finished with 1,134 all-purpose yards.
On defense, he finished with 31 tackles, two tackles for loss, four interceptions (two brought back for touchdowns), and a fumble recovery (also brought back for a score).
He finished the short nine-game season with 17 total touchdowns.
The Irish would love to pair Gordon with Detroit, Cass-Tech cornerback Kalon Gervin, who recently posted an impressive 4.41 40-yard dash at The Opening Regionals in Chicago. The two four-star corners would add a lot of speed to Mike Elko’s defense.
Gordon said he’ll take official visits during his senior season and his decision will follow sometime after his playoff run.