"It was very, very, awesome," Gordon said of his conversation with the Demon Deacons coaches when he told them of his commitment. "They both are on vacation just before football and said I had made their vacation and Wake Forest had gotten a lot better today."
Gordon held offers from Cincinnati, Stanford, Purdue, Virginia, South Florida, Louisville, Boston College, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Central Florida, UAB, Tulane, and South Alabama prior to committing to Wake Forest. He wasn't always convinced he wanted to attend a small school, however.
"Before the recruiting process I had pictured myself at a big school just because I had a big personality," he said. "Then as it got going I wanted to make an impact athletically but also socially and personally. With the class size, I know I can make an impact on the field and also in the classroom. It's the small town feel like my hometown but the big-time college athletics and academics."
Wake Forest had been involved in Gordon's recruitment for months, offering the tight end in May. "They offered me during our spring practice so in early May," Gordon said. "I've always, football-wise or not, been interested in Wake. I had been looking forward to visiting this summer and I went up last weekend and checked it out with my parents and fell in love. I knew when I got on campus that was it. It was something I thought about a while and I committed."
While Gordon fell in love with Wake Forest's program, campus, and academics, the Demon Deacon program also affords him the opportunity for early playing time. "Coach Grobe said he loves to redshirt players to get that year under the belt academically and on but Wake Forest is low on tight ends and will be when I get there. The starting job will be open and they want me there to compete and if I'm ready to go I'll be able to get early playing time. If not I'll redshirt - it's win-win."
Prior to attending Wake Forest, Gordon is focused on taking Carrollton High School back to the state title in 2011. "We did very good last year," he said. "We made it to the state title game but lost 14-7. We had a team tragedy, a coach died before the season, so we played with heavy hearts and played well. We went 14-1."
After losing leadership from last year's team, Gordon is intent on becoming the leader of this year's squad. "As a little kid my main goal was to be a captain my senior year," he said. "That was my goal and I've achieved it. My leadership role has increased and I'm being looked up to much more than last year. From a team aspect, we're taking strides day by day but should make a run at the state title game."
In addition to his goals on the field, Gordon will also continue his excellence in the classroom that he hopes to take to Wake Forest. "I finished with a 3.8 GPA this past year and hope to do well this year. That's something Wake Forest had that also was attractive to me was how serious they take academics in addition to football. I felt like I would succeed at Wake Forest as my academic strength would be great there as well as my football ability."