New Offer, Old Leader for Gordon

Stanford Football has successfully recruited one player from San Diego County each of the last five years. The Cardinal already collected Tyler Mabry from the Francis Parker School in this 2007 class, and they also lead for teammate Gino Gordon. The 5'11" athlete says Stanford is on top for him. Gordon added a third offer recently, yet it is a fourth school who he says is #2 on his list...

Despite a third offer coming his way, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker School running back/defensive back Gino Gordon (5-11, 185), clearly has a top school.

"I know Stanford's number one," Gordon says.  "Then Harvard.  Boise State, I'm thinking about them and Yale too."

Boise State was the third school to join the mix, offering Gordon earlier this month and joining offers from Stanford and Oregon.

"I'm planning on taking a few visits here in the next couple of months," the San Diego standout explains.  "I'm definitely visiting Stanford, and I want to look at Harvard and Boise State.  That's it for right now.  I'll decide where else probably later."

Aside from the offer from the Broncos, Gordon has also been hearing from Brown and the Naval Academy, where his running style is suited for Paul Johnson's system.

But Stanford, where his teammate Tyler Mabry has committed, remains the school to beat for Gordon.

"I've finished the Stanford application and sent that in," he updates.  "I'm just waiting for a decision, hopefully soon, from them."

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

Harvard, despite not offering scholarships, has offered the Francis Parker senior an opportunity to play football.

"I got an offer letter from them, where they basically tell you they support your admission and do as much as they can do," Gordon explains.

In the Gordon home, there are two sides being taken, one Crimson and one Cardinal.

"My parents are leaving it up to me," the son says.  "My mom is a Harvard fan, and my dad likes Stanford.  That's why they're kind of the top two.  My parents like them both.  They want what's best for me."

Gordon said he stays in regular contact with the Stanford coaching staff, Nate Nelson and A.J. Christoff being the most common.  And Mabry continues to pitch the Cardinal to his teammate.

"Man, that guy [Mabry], is always talking about it," Gordon chuckles.

While the recruitment of Gordon continues, the immediate issue at hand is Parker's quest for a second straight CIF-San Diego Division V championship, something they're favored to win.

"We're the number one seed and we're hoping to do it again," Gordon offers.  "I'll set up the trips when the season is over, but it depends on what happens with our games.  I don't necessarily have a time table; really its with the admission process.  I have to get into Stanford first and so I'll wait for that to happen."

This year, Gordon has rushed for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns while picking off five passes, two which he took back for scores.  He has also caught a pair of touchdown passes.

The Lancers host Holtville on Friday night.

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