Thomas Gordon entered Saturday’s The Opening Charlotte event with a small advantage over his fellow wide receiver prospects. The camp was being held at his home stadium at Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek High School.
The rising-senior took full advantage as one of the surprises of the event, taking home positional MVP honors despite a deep and talented wideout pool for the Student Sports staff to choose from. He all but predicted the outcome with CuseNation.com before the event began, soon after showing up with Syracuse gear proudly displayed.
After Saturday, the Orange may not be the only new school on Gordon’s interest list.
“I have an offer from Elon,” he said. “I’m hearing from Wake Forest, Duke, Liberty and Furman. I haven’t heard much from Syracuse yet. I like Syracuse, I was born there, so I want to go back home and play there.
“If they offer, I’d probably commit. That’s my top school, them and Duke. I’m an ACC guy.”
Born in Central New York before spending time in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gordon admits distance is a non-factor in his recruitment. He hasn’t been to SU in quite some time and has never been hosted as a recruit there, though the plan is to change both facts in the near future.
The trip could feature many Orange targets at one time as buzz in the area after four-star Robert Washington committed to ‘Cuse last month is still resonating, per many of the prospects in attendance.
“I’m friends with Robert. They’re recruiting down here (North Carolina) more, so it gives me hope,” Gordon said with a laugh.
It was all business after that point for the 6-foot, 165-pound talent, who rarely came out on the short end of a rep and was frequently complimented by the quarterbacks in attendance for consistency and route-running ability.
“I’m a quick in-and-out the break wide receiver, aggressive and I play the ball well,” he said.
Gordon has a busy summer in front of him. He's scheduled to attend most of the semi-local ACC camps before the 2015 season beings.