In and out of would-be tacklers like the “Flash”, Daylon Gordon has made a habit of getting defenders to miss him in the open field. In the last few years, Gordon has been a playmaker for Dodge County with several 300-yard games under his belt.
Well, last Friday against Monticello, the 2021 back didn’t quite get 300 yards, but on just 10 carries he racked up 248 yards – a whopping 24.8 yards per carry! The great night was highlighted by one run specifically where the 2021 running back broke through the trenches, bounced out to the right sideline then proceeded to bulldoze over two different players before jogging into the endzone.
The play showed a little bit of everything Gordon can bring to the table. The 5’9″ 190 lbs. looked explosive hitting his top speed early, then the balance and power to bust through defenders like they were paper mache. A few days later, and Gordon had made out top plays of the week, where he eventually took the #1 spot in Georgia.
But before we could get to explosive plays like last Friday, we had to endure an offseason that was met with uncertainty, especially for the class of 2021.
“It was very stressful, but I felt my top-end speed improved. I also feel I’ve improved in the classroom and regular life in the real world,” he said.
So what makes Gordon different than other backs in this class?
“Nowadays running backs tend to get sidetracked with the spotlight and not enough playing time, but I’m a team player. I try to play as hard as possible and run as swift as Barry Sanders.”
Gordon is fresh off 186 carries, 1430 yards, and 17 touchdowns in 2019. He became the premiere back, and a consistent threat on the offense, which has carried over to his senior year. When Gordon plants his foot into the turf, he accelerates quickly out his cut, and he keeps a very low pad level too – just ask the Monticello players who attempted to tackle Gordon last Friday.
One area we wanted to see Gordon improve over the last year was top-end speed, so it’s good to hear that was an area of focus during the offseason. He’s definitely broken off some long runs during his high school career, as seen in the Twitter highlight video we made for him. From a scheme standpoint, we have always likened Gordon to be an option slot back at the next level, so it’s not too big of a surprise to hear about one school that is after the Dodge County star.
“My college list is Stetson, Naval Academy, Western Kentucky, Coastal Carolina, and the University of Cumberlands.”
Based on our projections, that group of schools seem to be in line with our FBS/FCS grade we gave back almost a year ago on Gordon. As of now though, Gordon will be making his commitment after the season, which you could see an influx of D1 programs looking to land some last-second sleepers like Gordon.
With just the 2nd half of the season left, we asked Gordon what his goals were.
“My goal for the rest of the season is to be a better team leader and push my team to a state title,” he concisely noted.
On the recruiting front, we feel that Gordon’s recruitment will continue to uptick, and believe with 100% certainty that he is a D1 football player. His production has been great at the high school level with over 2000 career yards rushing, plus he shows the quickness, receiving-chops, and balance to be a very good all-purpose back at the next level.
It’s only a matter of time before more programs come in to recruit Gordon, so be sure to check back to @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest on Gordon and the rest of the recruits around the state of Georgia.
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