- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Wide receiver LeAndrew Gordon (Arlington, Texas/Pantego Christian) isn’t new to coaches coming and going. The three-star athlete knows turnover is a part of the coaching business.
Gordon, a Kansas State commit, has seen that firsthand with two coaches he’s especially close with. His father, Joe Gordon, left Kansas State in July to become a graduate assistant at Division III Mississippi College. Joe was the director of football recruiting operations at Kansas State.
Most recently, LeAndrew saw Michael Smith, the former Wildcats receivers coach leave last week to take the similar position at Arkansas. LeAndrew has known Smith since he was young. Additionally, Smith was his recruiting contact.
When Smith left, he did so in quiet fashion. Several of his Kansas State recruits have confirmed that they didn’t hear from him before he left. Gordon was one of those players.
“He didn’t contact me, and I still haven’t heard from him,” he said, “but he’s a family friend, and I’m sure I’ll hear from him soon.”
Nevertheless, Gordon said he wouldn’t hold any ill feelings toward Smith. He also said that he wouldn’t look at attending another school. A 5-foot-7, 170-pound slot receiver, Gordon committed to Kansas State on Feb. 24, and he said he’s still 100-percent solid with the Wildcats.
“My dad always told me to go to a college where I felt comfortable even if I didn’t play football,” Gordon said. “I think that was the main thing for me, being someplace where I knew I could live even if football wasn’t there for me.
“I mean, you never know; the new receivers coach could come in and say he doesn’t want 5-7 receivers. You’ve got to be somewhere because that’s where you want to be. That’s what I really like about K-State. I know it’s a place I want to be.”
Gordon said that while he’s solid with the Wildcats, he’s still hearing from schools here and there. Dartmouth is the latest school to show considerable interest.
Gordon, a speedster who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.31 seconds, played quarterback during his senior year at Pantego. He threw for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 479 yards and 17 touchdowns.
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