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West Virginia football welcomes recruits for Junior Day

By By Chris Anderson
For the Gazette-Mail

West Virginia held their Junior Day on Sunday, hosting more than a dozen 2018, 2019 and 2020 recruits on campus. As usual, there were a few changes to the visitor list as the event approached, but nothing stunning. The big surprise for the Mountaineers came earlier in the week, when one of the nation’s top defensive backs made his way to Morgantown.

Manvel (Texas) cornerback Trent Gordon utilized his spring break by visiting several programs in a one-week span, and that included a Thursday stop at West Virginia.

“West Virginia was a great experience,” said the 247Sports three-star recruit. “They’ve been trying to get me up there for a while now, and when I finally came, I was very impressed. They showed me everything that I wanted to see.”

Gordon and his family arrived late Thursday morning. He received an academic presentation, and followed that with a tour of the campus and facilities. He then sat down with the coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

“He told me how much he really liked me and how I could fit in well at the school and with their defensive scheme,” said Gordon. “The defense is stiff and corners get a lot of man-to-man play. I like that.”

It was a busy week for Gordon, who also stopped by Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee. He also plans to be at LSU and Texas A&M in the coming weeks. He has over thirty offers, and while he is not ready to name any leaders, he admits the Mountaineers have made a big impression.

“I have not narrowed my list, but I really liked them,” said Gordon.

It was the Mountaineer coaches and the staff’s recent success with putting defensive backs in the league that stuck out most to Gordon, and they were also why he has WVU heavily in the picture.

“It surprised me how humble the coaches were,” he said. “They said if I would come there, they would develop me to better their program and be ready to play in the NFL.”

Gordon’s lead recruiter is Tyron Carrier, who recruits the Lone Star State for West Virginia. He also spent plenty of time with defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and cornerbacks coach Doug Belk. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 38 cornerback for 2018 according to the 247Sports Composite.

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