There's a perception in Houston and surrounding areas that the best high school programs and players reside in the suburban communities of the city, and the inner city schools lack the overall talent to compete at the highest levels of competition. Tell that to the players and fans of Houston Lamar, who year-in and year-out win district championships and compete deep into the Texas state playoffs most seasons.
The Redskins are also developing Division I prospects, with several juniors getting early attention from BCS conference schools. One of those juniors is wide receiver Josh Gordon
. At 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Gordon is a huge target who can take advantage of his size yet his 4.53 speed allows him to gain separation and stretch the field.
"My size is my biggest strength. Defensive backs are usually smaller and can't get physical with me. I can go up to make the catch and I get yards after the catch because I'm hard to bring down," Gordon said. "I also believe I have steady hands and I'm reliable making the catch. I've got these big hands and they are soft."
The Houston native indicated that he's still working on his route running and is training hard to increase his speed and strength. Despite being in an offense with several gamebreakers in the ground game like Kalvin Guyton
, Gordon still managed to grab 24 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns. His size and ability has caught the eye of several college coaches, most notably Arizona
, University of Houston, and Texas A&M
"I've been offered by Arizona, UH, and A&M just offered me at their junior day last weekend," Gordon said. "I'm also hearing from Texas Tech
, and Florida State
The Redskin receiver made the two hour drive up to College Station to see Texas A&M and visit with the new coaching staff. It was a trip he thought was worth the investment of a Saturday morning.
"It was fun. A&M is a nice place to be," Gordon said. "Coach Sherman is a cool guy. Coach Cromwell talked about the west coast offense and all of the different variations of what they plan to run. He said they saw me as a big receiver that could stretch the field for them."
The trip ended in a scholarship offer from Coach Sherman, something Gordon was excited to see. So where do the Aggies stand after the junior day visit and subsequent offer?
"A&M is definitely in my top 5. They are way up there," Gordon said. "Coach Sherman and Coach Cromwell coached in the NFL and have all this pro experience. It would be great to learn from somebody who's been there and knows what it takes to get to the next level."
While the Aggies impressed the blue chip receiver, he's just started the recruiting process and wants to see a few more schools before making a final choice. He's scheduled to visit Texas Tech for their junior day on March 1. Ultimately, Gordon is looking for a school that affords the opportunity to compete for early playing time.
"I'm still looking at my options right now," Gordon said. "I want to go somewhere that gives me the opportunity to earn playing time early in my college career and I'm looking for a type of offense that uses the wide receiver and fits my style of play."
A&M signed one four-star athlete in the class of 2008, now they're looking for more talent at the position. Who's the latest wide receiver to get an offer and what is his take on Mike Sherman and Texas A&M? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with him about that and more.
Aggie Websider visits with the latest Texas wide receiver to receive an offer from Texas A&M