The south has been very kind to the Nittany Lions when it comes to cornerbacks over the past few years. Guys like Grant Haley (Georgia), Christian Campbell (Alabama), and Amani Oruwariye (Florida), all made the trek up north to play their college ball. All will be on NFL rosters in the fall as well. After sitting out last season, Texas native Trent Gordon is looking to follow in those footsteps.
Playing in the talent-rich Lone Star State, Gordon was a highly sought-after prospect, holding offers from teams like LSU, Texas A&M, and Florida. He first visited Happy Valley in March of 2017 and committed later that month. He signed during the early signing period in December and joined the team in January 2018 as an early enrollee.
The Gordon File
- Class: RS Freshman
- Size: 5'11/188
- Pos: CB
- Hometown: Spring, TX
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: No. 422 overall, No. 40 CB
With Oruwariye, John Reid, and Tariq Castro-Fields ahead of him, Gordon took a redshirt last season, appearing in four games at the backend of some blowouts and on special teams. Getting to campus early certainly helped his cause to play in those games, as he added 14 pounds between his arrival and the start of the season.
Reid and Castro-Fields have the starting jobs locked down, and it seems like rising sophomore Donovan Johnson will be the third corner heading into camp. This leaves Gordon in a battle with mainly true freshman Keaton Ellis and redshirt sophomore DJ Brown for that fourth corner spot. By all indications, the staff expects him to start the season in that role, so he could be able to lock down his spot in the rotation early on.
If there's one place the staff is hoping he makes an impact in 2019, it's on special teams. He saw time on the coverage teams in each of the last three games. His blend of size and speed allows him to get down and cover kicks better than most.
Gordon isn't going to be a household name by the end of the season, but he is going to see a lot of playing, whether that's defense or special teams. The most important thing for him to do this season is gain valuable experience, as it's not a stretch to think the Nittany Lions will lose both their starting corners after this season. If all goes right, he could quickly become another NFL-caliber corner and a multi-year starter.