Gino Gordon Update

Threee-star San Diego athlete Gino Gordon jumped onto our radar during the summer when he netted a Stanford offer, his second from the Pac-10. The Francis Parker School standout is now four games into his senior season, racking up big plays on both sides of the ball. We have all of his latest, including recruiting updates on his favorites, official visit timing, Stanford application and more.

Despite a strong start to his senior season, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker School running back/cornerback Gino Gordon (5-11, 185) still sits on the two offers he received in the spring and summer.

"Still just Oregon and Stanford," Gordon reports.  "I'm getting a lot of calls - Stanford and Oregon obviously - but also Boise State, UC Davis, Villanova, Harvard, Brown, UNLV and Yale.  I'm not worried, though.  I'm just trying to finish out the season and focus on that.  If they come, they come.  Really, I have two good offers right now, two great schools to choose from."

Gordon says that the Cardinal and the Ducks stand out as his top two schools at this point.

"Oregon has excellent football.  Stanford has an excellent education and is a program on the rebuild," Gordon opines.  "They're both situations where I wouldn't be in a bad place."

So who is recruiting Gordon the hardest between the two?

"I'd say that Stanford is.  They said that they really like me and want me for an official visit," the recruit replies.  "Tyler [Mabry - Gordon's teammate and a Stanford commit] keeps leaving Stanford out there for me, recruiting me."

But Gordon says that he isn't in a hurry to make his decision.

"I'm planning to wait till after the season," Gordon shares.  "We're having a good year and I just want to make sure that is what I'm focusing on.  I'm going to take my visits to Stanford and Oregon and maybe some other places."

To date, the San Diego standout has only visited Stanford and Oregon, tripping to both unofficially this summer.

As for the Stanford admissions application, Gordon reports that he continues to work on it.

"I've filled out part of it and am staying within the timeframe I have for each step," Gordon explains.  "They've done a good job of keeping me updated on that timeframe."

Attending one of the top schools in San Diego, Gordon has accumulated a 3.86 GPA (weighted) and scored a 1790 on the SAT, which he plans to take again.

Playing both ways for Parker, who is 4-0 and ranked No. 1 in CIF-San Diego Section Div. V, Gordon is averaging 165.3 yards a game and has scored 11 touchdowns - eight on the ground and three through the air.  Defensively he has intercepted three passes and taken one back for a score.

"I'm trying to do it offensively, defensively - anyway possible," Gordon comments.  "Teams are choosing to kick the ball away from me.  I like getting the ball, I like hitting.  More schools are looking at me as an athlete.  Basically, I'm open to play wherever.  Before I got into high school, I only played one year of running back; I was always a defensive guy.  I just want to produce."

This weekend, Parker will play Central Union, a San Diego Section Div. III school.

"We're trying to prove we're not just a small school, but also really good athletes who want to push ourselves. We tried to get a hard schedule and play some tough teams," Gordon states.

Last fall, Gordon was a key reason why Parker won the CIF Division V title in the San Diego Section.  He had 973 yards rushing on 139 carries and scored 12 touchdowns while adding 11 receptions for 251 yards and three touchdowns.  Defensively, he added 50 tackles, five interceptions and a sack from his secondary position.


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