Flash: Gordon Falls to Vols

Tuesday brought movement on the recruiting front with the news former Vol tailback commitment Jarvis Giles had bolted for South Carolina, softened by the news Lane Kiffin had landed his first prospect for the Vols in Nashville Hillsboro defensive back Eric Gordon.

Giles cited running backs coach Stan Drayton's uncertain status as reason for jumping the fence. However it's understandable why Kiffin wouldn't want the commitment based on a condition demanded by a prospect. Drayton may yet be retained on the offensive staff but it has to be on merit beyond simply bringing in a prospect.

No doubt Giles is a significant loss, but Gordon is also a sizable gain. Never certain for Tennessee in the best of times, he appeared to be leaning to Alabama during Fulmer's lame duck status, but a visit from Kiffin sold the cornerback on the merits of Volunteering.

It also reinforces Kiffin's pledge to put a fence around the state to keep the best football talent representing the Volunteers. Last season Tennessee lost a couple of four-star prospects from the mid state to Bama. So the successful defense of Flash Gordon sends a signal to SEC schools that have been recently importing prime Tennessee talent, that there will be major resistance to such poaching in the future.

Rated No. 27 nationally at cornerback Gordon had a big season at wide receiver for Hillsboro with 41 catches for 725 yards and nine touchdowns, entering the state playoff finals. He also considered offers from Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. At 5-foot-10, 186 pounds with 4.4 speed and electric agility, Gordon has all the ingredients to be a high-caliber cover corner with lock-down potential.

A study in consistency Gordon had 41 catches as a junior for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense he recorded 77 tackles with three interceptions two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. Gordon who like Giles is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, has stated a preference for playing defense.

Gordon is Tennessee's 16th commitment to the Class of 2009 although five of those — JeRon Stokes, Toney Williams, Marlon Walls, Aubrey Phillips and D.J. Hunter — are categorized as soft commitments. He is the third in-state prospect committed to Tennessee.

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