The "New" Baylor

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 16, 2008


"They've really invested a lot of money into the football program," Josh Gordon said of the Baylor Bears. "They are doing whatever they can to make the school a success and want to make sure they provide the athletes all the tools they need too succeed too. I really like all their players...The fans really appreciate the team and are very supportive." The Bears now lead slightly over...

Josh Gordon, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound two-star wide receiver from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, just took his first official visit last weekend (Dec. 12) to Baylor.

"It was real nice," Gordon said. "I was actually really surprised by how nice it was. They have real good facilities and everything was state-of-the-art, which I wasn't expecting. I didn't think it'd be that good of a football environment, but I guess this is the "new" Baylor they said."

Gordon is referring to all the upgrades that Baylor has made to their football facilities. "They've really invested a lot of money into the football program," he said. "They are doing whatever they can to make the school a success and want to make sure they provide the athletes all the tools they need too succeed too."

He says the Bears are recruiting him the hardest. His host was former teammate and friend, (freshman defensive lineman) Tracy Robertson.

"I really like all their players," he said. "I've known Tracy for a long time and we're cool, but I felt comfortable with everyone. I like (freshman quarterback) Robert Griffin a lot too and would love playing with him.

"I also like the community atmosphere there," he said. "The fans really appreciate the team and are very supportive."

Gordon says he has also developed close relationships with recruiting coordinator Dino Babers and defensive ends coach Theo Young. "They've been the most consistent recruiting me," he said. "They come to my school a lot and talk to my coaches and stuff.

"They told me that I'd fit into their offense with Robert Griffin really well," Gordon said. "They see me playing right away my freshman year. I really like their goals of being a top team in the Big 12 south."

Baylor now leads slightly over Michigan (back on Gordon's leader board), Nebraska, Texas Tech and Missouri. Only Michigan hasn't offered, but Gordon says they are close.

"I'm getting an in-home visit from some (Michigan) coaches this week," he said.

"I like Michigan because they are rebuilding their offense and have been recruiting me a lot more lately," he said. "I think I'd have a good chance to play early there and get the offense there going."

Gordon says he hopes that Michigan offers next week because he doesn't plan on waiting for the Wolverines much longer. "If they offer me this week then great," he said. "I'll take a visit there and see what it's like. If not, I'm just gonna focus on the ones I have offers from and move on."

While Gordon says he has around 10 scholarship offers, he admits that both Texas Tech and Missouri, his favorites during the season, seem to have lost interest. "I still get letters from Tech," he said. "But I haven't really been hearing much from them.

"Missouri I haven't talked to in a long time," he said. "I'm not sure what happened to them."

With the Red Raiders and Tigers slipping down, Nebraska has moved up. He says he plans on visit the Huskers in January. "I'm supposed to be setting up a visit with them this week," he said.

"I think some Nebraska coaches will be coming by my school," he said. "They've come by before and said they really like how I play. They told me they think I could play early and they are kind of like Michigan because they are trying to build their tradition back and get on top again."

Gordon, ranked as the No. 208 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, says he'll likely only take one or two more official trips. "I don't want to wait too long," he said. "Right now I'm not sure yet, but I'll commit once I feel it."

He said his former teammate (Tracy Robertson at Baylor) told him the same thing. "He said that I should commit when it feels right," he said. "He told me to follow my instincts."

Gordon says he plans to major in business management and reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 21 ACT.



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