Gordon working hard toward goals

Epaphroditus 'Pappy' Gordon is a 5-11, 165-pound receiver/defensive back prospect from Vancouver (Wash.) Hudson's Bay, and Pappy turned heads at the Northwest NIKE camp as one of the best one-on-one defenders of the day, along with Beaverton's Jordan Senn, Puyallup's Cody Ellis and Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View safety prospect James Day.

"To me, it felt like I was around the best, around guys from Texas and California," Gordon told Dawgman.com after the camp. "When they come all the way up here for a camp it's a big thing and it's really important."

Gordon ran a 4.2 shuttle, repped 185 pounds 8 time and jumped 31 inches in the vertical leap. Those numbers are very respectable for 'Pappy', especially considering he has been working out all summer as a wide out at Air Attack camp. The Northwest NIKE camp was his first chance to get back to the position he feels most comfortable playing - defensive back.

"Actually, it was pretty comfortable," he said of the transition from offense to defense. "The best thing I learned today was to aways stay low. I come up a little too high when I turn around to chase a receiver, so that's the main thing I have to work on this summer. Stay low, that's what I need to do."

Recruiting hasn't really picked up for Epaphroditus, save for one school. "I've been getting a lot of letters from U-Dub," he said. "They seem interested in me."

Most of Gordon's camping schedule is already done. He'll be attending his team camp at Western Washington and that will be it. Any favorites right now? "I'm feeling U-Dub, but I like Oregon too," Epaphroditus said. "It felt nice down there. And Auburn still. My relatives keep telling me to come down there."

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