Gordon Impressed With Duke

Matthew Gordon

Heading into the weekend, Briarwood Christian Academy standout Matthew Gordon wasn't sure what to expect on his visit to Durham. After all he had just met coach Marion Hobby four days earlier. However, after spending some time at Duke, the Alabama prospect may be closer to a decision.

"It was really a great visit," said Matthew Gordon. "I was definitely impressed with the new coaching staff they have there. I had talked to Coach Hobby last week at school, but it was really good to meet the rest of the coaches and see what they are trying to do there."

Gordon, who had been speaking off an on with Duke coach David Cutcliffe since he took the job in December, currently holds offers from Air Force, Furman, Samford, Arkansas State and Mississippi State. And though he's not yet ready to make his decision, the visit this weekend certainly helped him along the way.

"I'm looking for a program that has great academics first. Football is going to be ending for most players in four or five years, unless they make the NFL - and even then the average career is only a few years. But an education lasts a lifetime. I'm also looking for the right atmosphere - somewhere I fit in with the players and coaches. Finally I'm looking for a school that wants me to come in and contribute.

And how did Duke measure up in these criteria?

"Coach Cutcliffe had been talking to be for several weeks, and told me that he never offers someone without meeting them face to face and having his assistants meet him. So when he offered me last Monday, I thought that was really special and it really showed that they want me to come in and contribute. Not to just be on the team. I am being recruited to play safety primarily, but they also talked about me playing either receiver and maybe competing for the kicking job as well."

Gordon recorded 50 tackles as a junior and led Briarwood in pass break-ups his sophomore and junior season. He recorded four interceptions returning three for touchdowns. He blocked three punts, forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries as well.

Gordon had a 29.8 yard kick-off return average and returned one 95 yards for a touchdown. He went 31-of-31 PATs for the season and was 6-of-8 in field goals - good enough to be named First Team All-County defensive back and Honorable Mention All-Metro defensive back.

"Academically Duke is about as good as you can get, and with atmosphere I thought I would do really well playing for the staff. I'd have to say Duke is right up there at the top right now."

And a decision could certainly be coming soon according to Gordon.

"I am going to sit down and talk with my parents tonight, and then Duke will be visiting the school on Wednesday. I am hoping to have a decision soon in the next few days."

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