The Family Team

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Apr 27, 2008

Josh Gordon, who was born in Detroit, said he favors Michigan big over Florida, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, California and Missouri. "Michigan is my family team," he said. "All my family is from there and we all used to watch them. It would be like going home if I went there. I still have most of my family there and I think if I went to school at Michigan my parents would move back to Detroit too..."

Josh Gordon, the 6-foot-4, 215 pound wide receiver from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, finished his junior season with 19 catches for 363 yards and four touchdowns, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record.

"I get off the line fast and I'm a deep ball threat," Gordon said. "I can go out and beat the defender. I'm just a big playmaker.

"But I want to improve my route running," he admitted. "I want to run more precise routes and stronger patterns."

Gordon says he can bench 270 pounds and squat 350. He also says he has an impressive 37 inch vertical leap and runs a 4.55 forty.

Gordon got his first offer from Houston last December and also has offers from Texas A&M, Nebraska, Missouri and Arizona for a total of five scholarships. Despite those opportunities, Gordon has his sights set on a few other schools which, while recruiting him, haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Gordon said he favors Michigan big over Florida, Oklahoma, A&M, California and Missouri. "Michigan is my family team," he said. "All my family is from there and we all used to watch them."

In fact, Gordon himself was born in Detroit and lived there for about five years. "It would be like going home if I went there," he said. "I still have most of my family there and I think if I went to school at Michigan my parents would move back to Detroit too. I go back there a lot and that's really where I want to be."

The Wolverines are definitely in the catbird seat here and Gordon went as far as to say, "if Michigan gave me an offer I'd commit."

Besides growing up as a Wolverines fan, Gordon is also highly intrigued by new coach Rich Rodriguez. "He's trying to switch the offense up," he said. "I don't think they've ever run the spread. I want to watch them play next year and see how they do.

"Plus, I think I'd fit in well with the new offense," Gordon stated. "I like that they are taking chances and trying to get things going."

So what are Gordon's chances of getting an offer from the Big Blue? "I don’t know," he said. "I'm being recruited by them, but I haven't heard anything about any offer."

Gordon expects to attend summer camps at both Michigan and Florida in hopes of earning an offer.

"Florida's program is the best," he said. "They always have a great football team and the offense is great too. They are actually pretty balanced and I like the players there. Percy Harvin is really the only receiver they have, so once he leaves it'll be open to anybody."

Another big-name program that is on Gordon's radar is Oklahoma. "I like their program too," he said. "They are gonna need some wide receivers and I like how they always win. They have a great offense every year and a lot of great players come out of there. They are recruiting me a lot and the coaches said they'll come out and see me practice this spring."

The only school in Gordon's top six that he's actually visited is A&M. "They are only about one and half hours from here," he said. "My parents would probably like me to stay in-state or close, but that doesn't matter to me at all.

"I like A&M because they are rebuilding the program and it seems like a good opportunity to come in and get some early playing time and make a real impact. It would be cool to help them win again."

Gordon says he's also impressed with the new Aggie coaching staff. "They seem real smart and like they know what they are talking about," he said. "Coach Mike Sherman seems smart and says that they'll be running the West Coast offense and that I'd fit in well there."

The two other schools that Gordon says he's interested in are California and Missouri, but he admits he knows little about either program. "Missouri had a good season last year and they already offered," he said. "The coaches at California have been sending me mail and I thought it would be cool to check them out."

Although there's still plenty of time before signing day 2009, Gordon says he'd like to make his decision before the end of the summer. "I just want to focus on my games during the season," he said. "That's why I'll commit early.

"I want to go in and get a chance to play and I'll also be looking at the depth chart real close," he admitted. "I want to make sure it's the right fit for me, but things like location or weather don't matter."

Gordon reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 21 ACT.

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