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March 21, 2011Last fall Velma Jackson (Miss.) running back Michael Gordon rushed for over 1,300 yards and accounted for 26 touchdowns. This spring, the 5-foot-8 and 185-pound junior is still excelling on the athletic front.
Earlier this month, Gordon captured the Class 3A South State power-lifting title in the 181-pound weight division. Not only that, Gordon is also gearing up to challenge for state titles on the track and field circuit.
"It was definitely a good experience," said Gordon of his title. "I benched 280 pounded, squatted 465 pounds and my dead lift was 600 pounds. Now I want to win the (Class 3A) state title and that meet is April 16th in Jackson.
"I will do any sport that helps me with football. Power-lifting and track both help me in football and I just like staying active in all sports to help my school."
Gordon's name has also been active in the recruiting circles of late, and he has collected a total of four offers recently with hopes of another offer.
"I have offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Southern Miss and Ole Miss," said Gordon. "It obviously felt great to get those offers and I am looking to get some more. I really hope Mississippi State is close to offering, too. They want me back up there for camp and I am going to make sure I make that camp. Things are looking good with Mississippi State and I am looking at them, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss the most."
With those four schools, Gordon said what sticks out is atmospheres and a couple of school's offensive attacks.
"I like the atmosphere of all four schools," said Gordon. "I haven't been to Auburn but I've seen them on tv a lot. I really like Mississippi State's spread offense and I think I would fit well there. Ole Miss also runs similar plays that our offense does and it is just different names for the plays."
Regardless of what school he chooses, Gordon said he feels blessed to have the opportunity to move on to the Division 1 ranks at the next level. But that is also a decision that he doesn't plan to make anytime soon.
"I believe only one other player has gone to Division 1 from our school," said Gordon. "So it would be great to be the second person to do that. It makes you play harder when you know you are playing for your school and for your town.
"I am just going to wait until I see more of these schools. I have already gone to see Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss and I want to go see Auburn, too. Then I plan to go back and see Mississippi State and Ole Miss again. I will probably wait until my senior year to decide so that I can be sure of my decision."