Gordon ready for big 2011 season

Of late, North Dakota State College of Science has had a reputation for producing some very good prospects on the offensive side of the ball, however DE Jeremy Gordon (6-3, 230) is helping to prove the Wildcats also have some stalwarts on the defensive side of the ball as well. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented defender recently and he updated us on things...

Gordon prepped at Riverside (Milwaukeee, Wi.) High School and he enjoyed a very productive four years at defensive end there. However, his ACT scores weren't up to par so he headed to NDSCS to see about getting his academics squared away and earn a D-1 football scholarship.

"My high school coach helped me find a place here," Gordon told JCFootball.com. "It was the right place for me. The coaching staff here really works well with the players and I felt like if I came here I would get myself ready to play at the next level."

As a freshman last fall, Gordon started on the weakside and posted 35 tackles with 11 tackles-for-loss and six sacks.

Even with that productivity, he isn't resting on his laurels and has been hard at work improving every aspect of his game.

"I contain well already against the run and I have a good first step to get to the quarterback, but I need to get stronger and faster," Gordon said. "I've been doing speed drills and lifting almost every day of the week.

"I want to play at about 240 or 245 this year because I know I need to get bigger in order to play at the next level."

Speaking of that, Gordon said recruiting is just starting to pick up for him and he's heard from a couple of schools who are interested.

"I've talked to Oklahoma, South Dakota an North Dakota," Gordon said. "A bunch of other schools came by during the spring and stuff, but those are the only three I've talked to.

"I'm open to anyone that wants to recruit me and I know if I have a good year that I can possibly get school paid for and that's very important to me."

Gordon is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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