Hillsboro's Gordon taking it one step at a time

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:04am
Hillsboro star Eric Gordon says his recruitment is still wide open. Mike Strasinger for The City Paper

Hillsboro football star Eric Gordon doesn’t mind talking about the upcoming season or the recruiting process.

Just don’t expect him to look too far down the road.

“Honestly man, we take it week by week,” Gordon said.

Gordon was referring to he and his teammates taking part in seven-on-seven passing tournaments this summer in preparation for the season ahead.

But he may have been referring to his individual situation as well.

This year is shaping up to be a big one for Gordon and his family. Gordon is considered one of the top defensive back prospects in the nation. Months from now, he’ll decide which Division I school he’ll attend.

Oh yeah, he also has that little matter of his older brother getting drafted by an NBA team.

Gordon’s older brother is Jamont Gordon, who starred at Mississippi State and is expected to be taken in the draft later this month.

When asked about his brother’s preparations for the draft, he said, “It’s looking pretty good.”

While having an NBA player in the family is likely to change his life, Gordon says his main focus is winning a state championship for the Burros. Hillsboro has been one of the dominant teams in Middle Tennessee for the last several seasons, but no school in Class 4A has been able to dethrone powerhouse Maryville recently.

He’s hoping that he can be the one to lead the Burros to their ultimate goal.

“I want to be that guy you can feed off of,” Gordon said. “I just want to win state.”

Of course, his recruitment is starting to get hot and heavy, too. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Gordon is ranked the No. 11 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com. So far, he says Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Texas Tech, Colorado, Louisville, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina have offered him scholarships. He also added that he’s “talking to Clemson a lot.”

He says no school is currently a leader.

“It’s pretty open right now,” Gordon said.

And he doesn’t tip his hand when he’s asked who he grew up for cheering, either.

“I grew up watching about everybody,” he said.

He said the No. 1 thing he’s looking for in a school is where he can get the best education. But he’s keenly aware of the football side of things.

“I want to play — most definitely,” he said.

He said playing for a head coach that’s likely to be there the entire time he’s in school will be a factor, as well finding a rapport with his position coach.

But while the recruiting game can be pretty daunting, Gordon sounds like an old pro.

“You’ve got to know what you’re doing,” Gordon said. “It’s pretty good. I’m handling it pretty well right now.”

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By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 7:00

No offer from Vandy? That is shocking. Vandy is usually all about giving opportunities to deserving African-American kids from right here in Nashville. Of course the last one was Charles Davis thirty six years ago. Come on Vandy, become a part of the Nashville community and recruit this kid and other kids from these disadvantaged Nashville public schools. You will be amazed, you may gain fans that otherwise would pull for the state school not afraid to give chances for a better life. This is a terrific opportunity to shed that classist, racist image in Nashville.

By: VanDSIRROM on 12/31/69 at 7:00

JeffF, you need to take a look at VU's roster of players.Your comments about Vanderbilt and race would be laughable if it weren't such a seriuos subject.The academic requirements at Vandy sometimes preclude making an offer to some hometown guys who are good athletes. I have no way of knowing what the situation is with Mr. Gordon...it could be that he is not even interested in Vanderbilt.Vandy has done quite well recently with hometown talent...recent athletes from Whites Creek, Murfreesboro, & Gallatin come to mind.

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The roster includes how many African American from Nashville public schools. We know it includes a bunch of Alabama-banged white kids from the private schools, but how many of the Black kids from Hillsboro or Pearl-Cohn or McGavock are on campus with scholarships? The African Americans kids at Vandy now were recruited from primarily out-of-state. Most of them could have gone to school without help from Vandy. The Nashville kids need help to attend school and Vandy is unwilling to provide that help. Glad that Vandy is helping the 'burbs of Murfreesboro and Gallatin, especially since their schools are not failing. Vanderbilt should take more pride in helping the kids who need help instead of limiting their grants to the kids who otherwise would have opportunities anyway.

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 7:00

By the way this is all tongue-in-cheek. I cringe when I see Vandy fans lashing out at schools for recruiting kids who are academically inferior to their own. Many Vandy fans climb the soapbox and demand that the NCAA take away scholarships from schools who give these kids the opportunities to attend college. I am a firm believer that no one should be criticized or punished for giving other people a chance to improve their lives. Schools like Miss State, UT, and Kentucky provide scholarship and opportunity to kids that Vanderbilt fans would prefer never step on any campus. These school go even further by creating entire programs and facilities dedicated to the academic success of the kids (tutoring, mentoring, study areas). What does Vanderbilt do to help the disadvantaged in Nashville? Provide minimum wage employment on campus or at the hospital? Free tickets to see local white kids and out-of-state black kids play ball? Patch the gunshot wounds at the area's only level 1 trauma center? Run student teachers from Peabody in-and-out of inner-city schools as quickly as possible? Pay taxes???

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Jeff, your jealousy of Vandy's high academic standards is so obvious by your remarks. Go back to the prison on the hill in east Tennessee.

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 7:00

with the other Nashville kids?I didn't bring up academics, I brought up the lack of opportunity? Would Charles Davis be allowed on the Vanderbilt campus now? No. There is no one at Vanderbilt looking to improve the plight of Nashville's youth. No One. This is not jealousy, this is fact. Mississippi State does more for Nashville kids then the local University does. There might as well be a wall around campus and the pretty office buildings the school owns on West End. Vanderbilt quit beign a Nashville school when Charles Davis GRADUATED and the school decided to increase its focus on out-of-state enrollment.

By: gatormikey on 12/31/69 at 7:00

JeffF - have you heard of Jamie Graham?

By: JC on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Why don't you pull your head out of your a$$ and read this?http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/051508aaa.htmlIn case your obvious hatred of Vanderbilt prevents you from reading anything an employee of that god-awful, racist place might write, it's a fabulous story about Jamie Graham...who just happens to be an athlete at VU and a graduate of Whites Creek High School.What VU does IS provide opportunity. What the rest of the SEC does would be more aptly described as exploitation.And to say that about Charles Davis....well, it would be laughable if it weren't so absurd.

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I am missing the part where he had poor to average grades and deserved a break. Was that in the article? One Nashville kid in 33 years. Is that a good average? I have an inner-city public school education so I am not certain.Is a kid exploited when he is given a scholarship, when he receives tutoring, or when he leaves? Or is exploitation occurring when a kid never gets to school but is left to rot in their neighborhood?

By: JC on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Moreover, how many of the black kids from Hillsboro or Pearl-Cohn or McGavock are on ANY campus with (high major D-1 athletic) scholarships????The answer would be not very many.

By: JC on 12/31/69 at 7:00

If you really think it's "one Nashville kid in 33 years

By: vandyhunter88 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

JeffF...do you know who Robert Davis, Shelton Quarles, Henry Belin, Kenny Weatherspoon, Kenny Pulce and Brian Ward were? Do you also know who Mario Moore is? Probably not. There's been several "inner-city" athletes to earn scholarships at Vanderbilt since 1980..when you think "Vanderbilt quit being a Nashville school". There are also several inner-city kids who were able to receive scholarships to midstate private high schools and then ended up at both Vanderbilt and Tennessee in the past 20 years. Heck, Charles Davis wasn't even the most latest athlete from McGavock to earn a Vanderbilt scholarship. Your backwards and paranoia thinking blurs actual reality, but that's not a surprise when someone jumps on a racial kick about a player who barely has NO INTEREST in Vanderbilt to begin with. Do you know Gordon? Do you know his case? Do you know know anything, or is this just a vehicle for you to spew some perceived slight when there is not one to begin with. And for that matter, Vanderbilt also has kids from Atlanta, who's had it just as rough as the inner-city kids of Nashville has had it and I can tell you for a fact that most of those kids couldn't have gone to school unless they had the athletic ability to earn a scholarship somewhere. They had their own disadvantages as well.Also, do you know the several NON-ATHLETES that come from Metro Nashville and end up as students at Vanderbilt? Do you know that percentage [of non-athletes from "inner-city" public schools] of students at Vanderbilt, is higher than those inner-city athletes from the same schools? No, I'm sure you had no clue about that. Furthermore, please name the other inner-city kids to end up at Mississippi State, other than Jamont Gordon, since they supposedly "more for Nashville kids then the local University does". Please, enlighten us and list the other kids from Antioch, Stratford, Whites Creek, Hillsboro, Pearl-Cohn, Maplewood, McGavock and Glencliff? Please..tell us all of those other athletes that MSU has given some grand opportunity to or not "left to rot in their neighborhood". You won't answer any of those questions though, because your ignorance is blinding. I don't think you even have a clue about the average GPA at metro schools as opposed to other county schools. But that takes some research, thought and of course, the ability to have an open mind, which your posts have proved, you have little of.