Gophers, Irish watching Tim Gordon closely

Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall is not used to losing early in the playoffs, so junior cornerback Tim Gordon was a little surprised to be afforded the opportunity to focus on recruiting so early. Although it is less than ideal, he will take advantage of it.

Gordon took a visit to Minnesota this past weekend, his second trip to nearby Minneapolis for a game day visit. He will return for the season finale Nov. 24 and has his eyes on securing his first offer.

“I feel like Minnesota is close to offering once I hand them my film and I’ll be at their next home game,” the 5-foot-11, 173-pound cornerback said. “... I’m one of three 2014 DBs [on Minnesota’s board] and I feel like I have a good chance. They believe I’m a great player and now just want to see my film.”

A repeat visit to Notre Dame is also in order for Gordon, who made it out earlier this season for the Michigan game. He has been talking with recruiter Tony Alford recently, and his teammate James Onwualu is committed to the Irish.

Notre Dame has a pipeline to Cretin-Derham Hall, and Gordon said they are already one of his top schools.

“I really loved it out there. Notre Dame is a great school and with the great season they’re having, I enjoyed the game against Michigan,” Gordon said. “The coaches were great all-around and the players are really nice.

“Definitely it’s a school I really like and definitely up there in my favorites.”

The next visit for Gordon will come later this month when he travels once again to South Bend for the Wake Forest game Nov. 17.

“I want to see the same intensity the coaches and players had the last time. Michigan was a big game and they obviously have kept the intensity up through the season. I want to see if they can still keep it up and finish out the season,” Gordon said.

Iowa, Michigan State and North Dakota are also interested in Gordon.

As a junior, Gordon said the biggest improvements he’s made came on the mental side as he now has a better understanding of the game.

“I’ve always been athletic and that’s what I relied on most,” he said. “This year I understood the game better and that helped me a lot through the season. I could react to the play much faster.”