Gordon to follow in father's footsteps

Wide receiver LeAndrew Gordon (Arlington, Texas/Pantego Christian) hasn’t had a chance to play for his father, Joe, since he was much younger. Look for the two to get even more acquainted next year.

LeAndrew Gordon verbally committed to Kansas State Friday afternoon. Joe Gordon is K-State’s director of recruiting operations. LeAndrew, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound receiver with blazing speed, chose K-State over an offer from Youngstown State and interest from Missouri, Oregon and Texas Tech.

“It’s a blessing to be offered, and I’m excited about how I can become a better athlete at K-State,” said Gordon, who became the Wildcats’ third commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. “I know all about the college, and to get the chance to play there, it’s exciting.”

Gordon, who said he has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.3 seconds, caught 22 passes for 265 yards and five touchdowns during his junior year at Pantego. He also rushed 35 times for 291 yards and two scores, averaging more than eight yards per carry. While he also saw time on defense in the secondary, Gordon said he was recruited to play receiver.

Gordon, contrary to popular belief, was not recruited by his father. His primary contact has been K-State receivers coach Michael Smith. Gordon is expected to be a major contributor on offense as well as a primary candidate for kickoff and punt return on special teams.

Gordon said the college-town vibe of Manhattan, Kan., and the Midwestern people of the area helped to sell him on his decision. Smith will be Gordon’s main coach, but playing for his dad’s alma mater – Joe Gordon was a standout defensive back from 1993-96 before returning as a staff member in 2009 – will be something he cherishes as a player and a son.

“I think it’ll be real cool, and I’m looking forward to getting ahead of the game,” LeAndrew Gordon said. “I’ve been around the program for a while, and the pride they take the field with is really inspiring.

“Seeing how they’ve come from being one of the worst schools in D-I to one of the most dominant schools in D-I was something that stood out. They don’t always have the five-star athletes, but they’re always playing with heart, and it always shows.”

Gordon joins linebacker Tanner Wood (Conway Springs, Kan.) and defensive end Jordan Willis (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) as a member of the 2013 recruiting class.