April 22, 2008

Gordon seeks early playing time

Chris Gordon was one of the last prospects in the Class of 2008 to sign with Kent State. In fact, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete from Miami, Fla., didn't sign with the Golden Flashes until mid-April, two months after most of the other prospects had already signed.

Gordon doesn't expect to be behind when it comes to earning playing time.

"I plan on playing as a freshman and do what I do," he said. "Coach said all I have to do is come in, work hard and perform and let my work speak for itself. Hopefully I can help them win a conference championship."

A three-year starter at quarterback for Coral Gables High School, Gordon will move to wide receiver at Kent State. The position switch isn't a problem for Gordon.

"I played wide receiver in Pop Warner but I haven't played it in high school," he said. "It's a piece of cake. I'm from Miami and Miami guys do it all."

That confidence, according to Gordon, was developed during his time playing in Miami's ultra-competitive youth and high school football programs.

"Playing in Miami, it motivates you and makes you work harder," he said. "Now I have to make a name for myself."

Gordon used his speed and athletic ability to earn all-county honors in each of his three years as the starting quarterback. He was third team all-Dade county as a sophomore and second team in his junior and senior seasons. Last fall he threw for 1,536 yards and rushed for another 600. He tossed 20 touchdown passes and scored six rushing touchdowns for a team that finished the regular season at 9-1 before falling to nationally-ranked Northwestern in the first round of the playoffs.

Because he played quarterback in high school, Gordon didn't get many looks from the elite Division I college programs. He heard from several mid-major programs like Kent State, Central Michigan and Florida International before deciding to go with the Golden Flashes.

"I went up on a visit on March 28 and on they offered me the next day," Gordon said of Kent State. "I had sent them some film in February and the coach got back to me. Coach (Jason) Nichols said I'm a playmaker and he liked my ability wanted me up there.

"I got back and talked it over with my mother and grandmother and signed the scholarship and sent it back that same day."

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