Gordinier is being recruited by schools to play either linebacker or defensive end, and he has already started spring visits.
"It's really exciting," Gordinier said. "It's time. I'm looking forward to a great year with our team. I think we're going to do very well. I'm also looking forward to recruiting, and finding the right college for me."
Gordinier comes from the same program as Notre Dame bound offensive lineman Quenton Nelson. Nelsons big-time recruitment helped pave the way for early exposure and experience for Gordinier – a three-star prospect.
"I talk to Quenton all the time about things, and he helped me a lot," Gordinier said. "Also, when a lot of schools were coming to visit him, they got to look at me. That was a huge help."
Duke hosted Gordinier for a personal junior day experience over the long weekend. The Blue Devils made a strong impression.
"What stood out for me was the academics," Gordinier said. "That's probably the best academic school that's offered me and the campus is really nice. I got to spend a lot of time with [defensive coordinator Jim] Knowles and get to know him. He's a really great guy. Coach [David] Cutcliffe was great too. …
"He's really impressive. He's been able to bring that program to the top of the ACC last year. I'm sure that's definitely going to continue with the players he's getting and all of that."
"I like Rutgers," Gordinier said. "I love how they're close by. I get along with coach [Jim] Panagos, the defensive line coach, very well. I talk to him a lot. The facilities are some of the best facilities around."
Gordinier said he does not plan to attend a Rutgers junior day, but he will be on campus for a spring practice in late March or April.
Virginia is also in Gordinier's spring visit plans.
"I don't know much about them yet, but they're recruiting me pretty hard and I want to get out there for a spring practice," Gordinier said. "…The education factor is one of my biggest goals in picking a school for me. It's about education and my relationship with the coaches."