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Kenosha RB selects Iowa over UW

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McClatchy Tribune
August 25, 2010

When it came down to making a choice, Melvin Gordon decided Big Ten country was the place for him.


Iowa’s Big Ten country, not Wisconsin’s.


The Kenosha Bradford running back orally committed to the Hawkeyes Sunday after receiving more than a dozen offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Michigan State and Tennessee.


He visited Iowa last weekend.


“When I went down there, I just felt like I didn’t need to go to any more schools,” Gordon said Monday. “It was set in my mind that Iowa was it.”


Gordon used his great speed and balance to rush for 1,095 yards and an average of 11.1 yards per carry last season as the Red Devils (11-1) won the Southeast Conference and advanced to the Division 1 quarterfinals.


After the season, big-time programs made their way to Bradford to visit the 6-foot-2, 194-pound back. Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Washington State, Minnesota, Indiana and Oregon made in-school visits. All but Oregon offered a scholarship.


, Bradford coach Jed Kennedy said.


Gordon also made campus visits to Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin.


“I think he gave every school that came in an honest look,” Kennedy said. “It wasn’t a done deal from the start.”


Gordon is the second member of Bradford’s talented senior class to commit to a Big Ten school; cornerback Trae Waynes is headed to Michigan State.


Kennedy believes interest will increase in quarterback Gino DeBartolo and offensive lineman Thailor Bauer as the season progresses.


Junior running back Vonte Jackson has an offer from Wisconsin.


Gordon, however, is off the market just in time for the season-opener against Burlington Friday.


“He can concentrate on worrying about Bradford football,” Kennedy said. “(The recruiting process) can wear on a kid.”



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