January 26, 2009

Gordon makes his decision

With less than two weeks to go until national signing day, Art Briles and the Baylor Bears have added one of the finishing touches to what has been a unanimously successful recruiting class by securing the commitment of premier wideout Josh Gordon.

Ironically, the Houston Lamar standout didn't even consider the Baylor Bears an option until relatively recently.

"At first, Baylor wasn't even on the radar," Gordon said. "I wanted to go to Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Cal, Oregon, and other schools way out there."

"That was a long, long time ago, though, like my junior year," added Gordon.

As a 2009 recruit, it's no surprise Baylor wasn't very high on Gordon's list back then. At that time, former head coach Guy Morris hadn't turned around the Baylor Bears like he promised, and the entire program was on the downswing. That was then, this is now.

"If Baylor didn't have [Robert Griffin], I wouldn't have gone there," Gordon said. "He's proven himself. He was the Big 12 newcomer of the year, and it really looks like he is going to turn it around for the program."

"Art Briles is the best head coach I've ever met," Gordon said. "He's very down-to-earth and a reasonable guy."

As he has mentioned before, one of the biggest factors for Gordon was playing time his first year on campus.

"Playing my freshman year was the biggest thing," Gordon said. "I feel like I can make some things happen. If [Griffin] gets me the ball, I'll do my job."

In a bizarre twist, Gordon revealed that it was actually between Texas A&M and Baylor at the end, after only recently announcing that it was down to Baylor and Nebraska.

"Really, it was between Baylor and Texas A&M," Gordon said. "I had been constantly talking to their coaches, too, but our relationship fell apart."

"My parents wanted me to go to Baylor," Gordon added. "They thought it was the best place for me. It was my decision in the end, though."

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