After rushing for 1,346 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, naturally Velma Jackson (Miss.) junior Michael Gordon was anxious for this spring to arrive. But after a successful start, the 5-foot-9 and 185-pound tailback noted he ran into a bit of a hurdle.
"Spring was going alright," said Gordon, who also had four receiving touchdowns and one kickoff return for a score last year. "But then I pulled a hamstring and I am not sure if I will play in our spring game at Winona. I am walking alright and it will be fine in time. Before that, though, things were going great and I was playing better than I did last spring.
"I've really improved my strength and I was hitting the hole better. I was taking shots from linebackers but still getting the extra yards."
So far, Gordon has collected offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Memphis and Arkansas State. He noted other schools are also inquiring about his talents and several have stopped by this month.
"Arkansas State, Memphis and Southern Miss have all been by," said Gordon. "Ole Miss said they were also gonna come by and Tennessee is sending me a lot of letters, too, and invited me last week to come to their summer camp. Alabama State also said they were gonna offer me soon and they've been by practice. I was talking to Mississippi State earlier but I haven't heard from them lately."
Early next month, Gordon will make his way to various camps and has one camp date already set.
"I am not sure of all the camps yet but I am going to Southern Miss on June 11th," said Gordon. "A few schools are having camp on June 3rd like Mississippi State and Memphis and Alabama State. So I have to decide which one I am going to on that date.
"Overall, I want to keep improving my hands this summer and work more on catching the ball. I work out a lot on the weekends and work on my weaknesses. So I want to keep on doing that this summer."