The Syracuse University coaching staff has made it no secret that wide receiver is a priority position in this year’s recruiting class. Scott Shafer and company have also been hitting North Carolina hard this year so it should come as no surprise that Thomas Gordon is being mentioned in the same breathe as the Orange.
Gordon is a 6-foot wideout from the Tar Heel state who recently won the wide receiver MVP at The Opening in Charlotte. As of right now, Elon is the lone school to offer Gordon, but if he continues to perform this summer he could start to see the offers rolling in. I got the opportunity to ask Thomas some questions, so without further delay here is my interview with him.
Sterling Thomas: What do you bring to the table, and how do you see yourself fitting in at the next level?
Thomas Gordon: As a receiver I bring elusiveness, speed and precise route running to the table. I see myself as a combination of a slot and wideout at the next level.
ST: Who is the player you try to model your game after the most?
TG: I try to model my game after Tavon Austin and Odell Beckham, Jr. because of their route running abilities. They are two of the most explosive receivers in the NFL.
ST: With your junior year coming to a close, where do you see yourself in a year with your high school career over?
TG: After high school I see myself playing football on a scholarship, pursuing my dreams both on and off the field.
ST: You said you are friends with Robert Washington, are you tight with any other recruits?
TG: I am friends with both Robert and Aapri Washington, we work out together all the time. I try to surround myself with the best players possible so I can continue to improve myself.
ST: Would you stay active on the recruiting trail after you commit to your future school?
TG: Once I am committed to a school I will be loyal to them, however I do plan on taking all of my official visits.
ST: You played with Team USA last year, how was that experience?
TG: Playing for Team USA was a great experience for me, I met a lot of new people and improved quite a bit. I got invited to play in the International Bowl after my performance in the developmental games. I had five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown.
ST: Recently you stated that Syracuse is your top school. Outside of the Orange, where else could you see yourself at the next level?
TG: Other than the Orange I could see myself playing at Duke, Wake Forest, Elon, Boston College, and the USC Trojans.
ST: You’ve recently started to see a bit of an uptick in interest in your recruiting after winning the MVP at The Opening in Charlotte. Has any fanbase stuck out with their love and support lately?
TG: A lot of Syracuse fans reached out to me, I love their fan base. I appreciate all the love because people are starting to realize how hard I’ve been working.
ST: Do you have a timetable for when you would like to commit to a school?
TG: I would like to commit somewhere towards the end of June.