Arkansas defensive back transferring to Oklahoma State

BY BRANDON CHATMON, STAFF WRITER, BCHATMON@OPUBCO.COM Published: May 18, 2010
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photo - Tulsa East Central defensive back David Gordon hopes to join Oklahoma State this summer. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Tulsa East Central defensive back David Gordon hopes to join Oklahoma State this summer. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Oklahoma State’s secondary of the future just became significantly faster.

Former Tulsa East Central standout David Gordon told The Oklahoman he plans to transfer to OSU after leaving Arkansas after his true-freshman season. Although Gordon played well in a reserve role for the Razorbacks last season, he is leaving the Fayetteville school after a spring marred by his arrest for possession of a controlled substance in late April and an injury that forced him to miss spring football.

Gordon’s transfer is not official, but the 19-year-old said he hopes to sign the paperwork in time to join the Cowboys this summer. The addition of Gordon would be welcome by a team searching for cornerback depth heading into the 2010 season. He would have three years of eligibility with the Cowboys likely starting in 2011.

"They were my second offer” out of high school, Gordon said of his decision to play at OSU. "I always felt like they liked my talent.”

Gordon started three games as a true freshman at Arkansas, finishing with 11 tackles, including one for loss. He was one of the surprises of Arkansas’ season in 2009. He played in 10 games and outperformed cornerback Darius Winston, who was widely regarded as one of the top recruits in the nation.

Gordon, a state champion high school sprinter, will likely play cornerback for the Cowboys, and at 6-foot, 180 pounds, brings good size and blazing speed. He said he initially chose Arkansas for the opportunity to run track and play football, but when track didn’t work out with the Razorbacks and he decided to transfer, OSU was the clear choice.

"They actually were my No. 1 school as far as football,” said Gordon.