"I just really like the mission Coach Creighton and his staff have and they're dedicated to turning the program around. I wanted to be part of that."
Gordon, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound cover corner, believes he can make a quick impact in Ypsilanti.
"Coach Creighton said the reason they offered me pretty much, is my instinct of the game and felt I was a real ball player that knew how to play the game and had a knowledge of the game, so that's the reason they recruited me and there's going to be a spot to play early."
Gordon has a younger brother, Rayon Gordon, a junior defensive back also receiving college interest, and he now has a wealth of information and experience to pass on to him.
"It was a rocky journey, but I definitely enjoyed it. It was the best experience of my life. The best advice I can give is get out there and compete. I know a lot of kids get under-recruited, but you need to go to camps, combines and compete against kids in other states to get your name out there."
That never-say-die attitude allowed Gordon to achieve his dream even when it seemed like it may not happen and on the eve of Signing Day, he can now enjoy the fruits of his labor -- at least, until camp starts.
"It feels amazing. Shows hard ork pays off. I never quit. I never thought I was done with this and just kept at it and it's an amazing feeling."