Ladies and gentlemen, Trent Gordon!
Hometown: Manvel, TX
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 172 pounds
Recruited by: Terry Smith
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Rankings: Four-star on Rivals; Three-star on 247 and Scout; Unranked on ESPN
Notable Offers: Florida, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Yale
Through a God-trusted process, I will be taking my talents to....... pic.twitter.com/YWPTlOtobQ— SAVAGE 1️⃣8️⃣ (@_TRENTG_) March 29, 2017
With the Northeast being depleted of legitimate cornerback back options, Penn State went national looking for secondary help. It found Texas product Trent Gordon, who ended up visiting Happy Valley on March 15. Following the visit, the Nittany Lions took the lead in Gordon’s recruitment, with the Texan deciding to make the call for Penn State just a couple weeks later.
Gordon is the 12th member of the 2018 recruiting class, and is the second Texas recruit in the class, joining fellow secondary member, safety Isaiah Humphries. The former is ranked as the 58th best prospect in the state, and is the 37th overall cornerback in the country.
The Nittany Lions took four cornerbacks in the last class — Lamont Wade, Tariq Castro-Fields, Donovan Johnson, and D.J. Brown — so the need in the 2018 class wasn’t all that high. But as you’ve probably notice — or at least, will notice going forward — cornerback is a spot Penn State will over-recruit, as the Nittany Lions view it as a premium position due to the versatility it offers in the secondary.
So now the question is: Will Penn State take another cornerback in 2018? As is the case usually with recruiting, the answer isn’t black-and-white. James Franklin and Terry Smith are probably comfortable with just one, but if something pops up, I’m sure they wouldn’t hesitate to add another one.
Welcome to Penn State, Trent!