"I have two goals as a running back," added Michael Gordon when asked to describe his game. "One is to get a first down and the second is to get a touchdown. That is what I go for every time the ball is in my hands. I want to make sure I get the first down first and then I try to take it to the house."
And take it to the house Michael did last season as he scored 15 touchdowns and rushed for just under a 1,000 yards on 83 carries.
"I can cut it real good and have good speed. I look all around the field and know when to make the cut. I have good vision out of the corners of my eye. I can see the field really well. My footwork is one of my main strengths though. I run a 4.4 pretty consistently."
Speed is always on his mind.
"I want to get even faster. I have good speed, but I want to be faster. That my main thing, speed. I want to get it down in the 4.3's before I graduate from here."
The 2010 All-Metro and District selection has already set some senior goals.
"I want to try and get to State and win it this year. We have been trying to get there since I got here, but we have not been able to do it yet. We are getting closer and closer though. I just want to lead my team to a state championship and get better for college."
Three colleges are showing strong interest at the present time.
"I talk to MSU, Ole Miss, and Memphis a lot on the phone. Those are really the main schools right now."
What stands out about MSU?
"They run the same offense we run, and I am comfortable with their plays
because we run the same plays."
Gordon made the trek to Starkville recently for Junior Day.
"It was good. I liked it. They made me feel like that is the place I need to be with the way their coaches were treating me. I like their running back coach. He is real cool. I just like the atmosphere of the campus."
What is going on with Ole Miss?
"I know they are losing a lot of their running backs this year. They need some new guys to step in and play. Their running back coach told me that I remind him a lot of Brandon Bolden. He said we have the same style and he needs someone to take his spot. I have not been up there yet, but I am supposed to be going up there real soon for their next Jr Day on April 2nd. They run the same plays we do so I am sure I will be comfortable up there too. I want to check out the campus and facilities and see what kind of architect school they have because that is what I want to major in."
Coach Jay Hopson is using his Mississippi roots to get his claws into the Velma Jackson back.
"I know Coach Jay Hopson well. That's my boy. We are real cool. I know they need another running back and that's all I really know. I am supposed to go up there for a weekend soon for their Jr Day in March sometime."
There are a couple of SEC programs he would like to start showing him some interest.
"I have always liked LSU and Auburn. I like Auburn because because of their fans. Their fans get behind their players and LSU's too. I have been liking LSU since I was like a little kid."
Who is closest to offering?
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com