Recruits React: Gino Gordon

It was an eventful and emotional time last week for Gino Gordon. The two-way San Diego standout of course learned the news that the head coach of his favorite school had been fired. The running back/safety also played his final high school game in the CIF championship. Then there was a fateful phone call that may ultimately leave the biggest impact on Gordon long-term...

A heart-breaking weekend for San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker School running back Gino Gordon (5-11, 185) was somewhat relieved by word that he had received admittance into Stanford.

Gordon and his Francis Parker teammates (which include Stanford commit Tyler Mabry) fell short in their quest for a second straight CIF San Diego Section Division V title, losing 14-10 to Christian High of El Cajon.

But Gordon received much better long term news from Stanford recruiting coordinator Nate Nelson.

"He gave me the news on the acceptance," Gordon reports.  "I got in, so I am definitely happy about that.  I'm hoping that they get a good coach, and I'm really looking for what kind of coach they are going to have to help me seal the deal.  But right now, I'm kind of open still."

Gordon hasn't had much time to process the firing of Walt Harris; in fact, today was his first off day without football.  But he has been keeping an eye on what is transpiring with the coaching search in Palo Alto.

"Knowing how good Stanford is and knowing the administration there, they'll be alright," Gordon offers.  "I'm interested in who they will bring in.  Getting in definitely makes it a lot easier to consider them.  I was waiting for admittance, but now I have to wait until they have a coach."

One name that has been mentioned in Stanford's search has been University of San Diego head coach Jim Harbaugh, and Gordon is very much aware of him.

"Jim Harbaugh was actually at our championship game," the recruit reveals.  "He coaches right down the street from us.  I've had players that have played for him tell me a lot about him, and they have nothing but good things to say about him."

Gordon had wanted to set up his official visit to Stanford, but with the lack of a head coach, he is waiting to do that.

"The one I was trying to set up was the Stanford one, but I'm waiting for them to stable out before I visit," Gordon says.

In the meantime, the San Diego student-athlete is still considering Boise State, and Villanova could also get in the mix with an offer.

"They're close to making an offer to me, and I could take a trip there," Gordon opines.

The two-way athlete said that his family hasn't been too worried about the coaching change at Stanford, with his parents looking more big picture.

"They're curious on what the coaching situation is like, but they're only worried about academics.  And academically, I can't go wrong.  They're just wanting to make sure the coach is a good one," Gordon explains.

This year, Gino Gordon rushed for 1,879 yards and 19 touchdowns while picking off five passes, two of which he took back for scores, and recording 90 tackles.  He also caught a pair of touchdown passes.


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