Briarwood's Matthew Gordon Talks Recruiting

Briarwood's Matthew Gordon Talks Recruiting

Briarwood Christian fans seem to have all the ingredients for a big season this fall. This senior-laden team is gaining momentum with Division-one interest. One of those seniors is the talented athlete Matthew Gordon. The 6-1, 195-pound receiver, cornerback, safety, kicker and kick returner is making the rounds this spring.

Matthew Gordon racked up 50 tackles in 2006 and recorded four interceptions with a 75-percent return on investment by turning three of the grabs into six points. He also blocked three punts and forced two fumbles.

Gordon's kick-off return average is 29.8 yards per kick. He went a perfect 31-for-31 on PATs and made six of eight field goals. His junior efforts garnered first team All-County and an honorable mention All-Metro award at defensive back.

Gordon is showing interest in Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, USC and Vanderbilt.

"I really like those programs," Gordon said. "I like the prestige and the coaches--year in and year out how they compete."

"I've been to Auburn, Alabama and Vandy. I'm going to Georgia Tech this weekend (31st). I went to Vanderbilt on Tuesday and watched them practice and met with the coaches. That went really well."

We asked Gordon if any of the highlighted schools were a favorite at this point.

"They are all even right now," he said. "I'm still trying to look around for what would be a good fit for me as far as getting to go to college and getting an education, but at the same time going somewhere I think I've got a chance to play and make an impact. Right now, they are all about even."

Education is paramount for Gordon, but getting on the field is an important aspect as well. We asked what would influence him about the athletic situation of the schools.

"Wherever I think I can have a chance to go and play," he said. "Where I have a good chance of going in and helping the team. I don't want to just go somewhere just because of the name and not get to play for four years."

Gordon talked about playing early and if it will factor into his decision.

"I would like to play early, but if I had to sit out my first two years and then come in as a redshirt sophomore or junior and play I would be fine with that."

The talented Briarwood star doesn't hold offers currently, but he feels one school is close.

"I think Vanderbilt is," Gordon said. "I talked to their coaches and basically he (coach Bobby Johnson) said that he liked me on film. He liked my aggressiveness, but he only has 14 scholarships or 14 people to sign this year. If I can come to their camp this summer and show them my speed, I got the impression that I would receive a scholarship offer."

Our conversation turned to the last year of his prep career for the Lions in 2007.

"We have an outstanding team coming back," Gordon said. "Last year we were mostly a junior team. We had a couple of seniors and maybe one or two sophomores. On the defensive side of the ball we're only losing one person, and on offense we lost about five or six. We have a couple of guys that are coming back, myself included, who could possibly go Division-one. I think with the leadership that we are going to provide our team we should be very good."

Briarwood Christian has a talented signal caller in 6-1, 190-pound Barrett Trotter. Gordon talked about his teammate.

"First of all he's an outstanding person," Gordon said. "I look up to him. We basically do everything together. We go out and throw all the time. I just think very highly of him. I'm not just saying that because he's my quarterback. I really do think he is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He really goes out and works. I think he has the type of work ethic to go and start somewhere."

Gordon is coached by the highly regarded Fred Yancey who recorded his 200th win last season.

"It is very exciting to play for coach Yancey," Gordon said. "He's a great person. He's a great Christian leader, and he's just a one-in-a-million coach."

"I look up to coach Yancey. He's kind of like a second father to me. He's always there. Whether it's football, school or personal you can always count on him. It's been an honor to be able to play for him and be coached by him."

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