"It was exciting," Gordon said. "It was my first offer, so that made me happy. The hard work paid off so I was real happy to have that offer. My mother was real happy. I told my uncle too, and he said he was proud of me.
"It was real exciting because all the time and the money that they put into it, they know that it finally paid off by me getting my first offer."
The Orange look at the 6-foot-4 lineman and see the potential to be a big time player, similar to another recent Norland alum.
"This was the first time I had heard from Syracuse," Gordon said. "My coach told me they were looking for the next Ereck Flowers (former four-star offensive tackle at Norland). I could be the next Ereck Flowers, but I think I can be better. He's doing a good job at the U (Miami) and he was a good tackle at Norland."
Gordon will look to check out the Orange in person at some point, but is not sure when. When he does, however, he knows exactly what to look for in order to figure out if they are the right fit.
"I would like to visit unofficially this summer or officially towards the end of the season," Gordon said. "I want to check out the coaching staff, the lifestyle and the campus life. The education, because I want to see if they have my major (business) and if they have one of the better schools for my major.
"I know a little bit about the program. I've seen them on television a few times and I know about their alumni other than just the football team. I know it's a big school and everything around there is all about Syracuse just like Miami."
Gordon reciprocates Syracuse's interest in him, and has them first on his list early in the process. He expects the Orange to be there until the end.
"Syracuse is at the top at this point," Gordon said. "But I'm going to go keep my options open and see how everything plays out. I don't think they could ever go out of my top five."