That's right. You didn't read the title wrong. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's here to show the state of Texas what the Dallas-Fort Worth area is made of. With some of the fastest wheels and top stats in the area, who's more deserving of this title than Euless Trinity running back Ollie Gordon?
In 2020, the two-year varsity starter ran for 225 yards and averaged more than a first down on 14 yards per carry. Gordon led the Trojans to an 11-2 season record, where they fell short in the fourth round of the playoffs to the reigning 6A Division 1 State Runner-Ups, Southlake Carroll.
Gordon's recruiting process, however, has stood out among other recruits in the DFW area. The majority of his offers were given to him in the heart of his junior season. Beginning with his first offer from Iowa State in June of 2020 to following New Year's Eve, by the time Gordon's season was finished, he had already accumulated thirteen offers from Division 1 FBS schools. During that time period, many impressive football programs like BYU, TCU, and SMU were calling Gordon's name, but none of them ended up being the final spot he chose to land on. Someone else would be knocking on his door midway through the month that would really grab his attention. Once Oklahoma State University offered Gordon on January 17, it was to be a done deal soon after. He committed to the team up in Stillwater only a little over two weeks later.
When asked what played a major role in OSU being the school where he would land on in an interview with VYPE Reporter Robert Gonsoulin, Gordon talked about the attention and care he was receiving from the Cowboys. "[Oklahoma State] stayed in contact the whole time. It was never a day that they weren't talking to me. They talked to me everyday no matter what." Gordon then later expressed his liking for OSU head coach Mike Gundy's offense. "I like the way they run a two-back out of [shot]gun….The offense, I like it. I feel like it would fit me perfect when I get there."
A lot of positive things can be said about the talent this season in the DFW area, but with the recent decision by top-ranked quarterback in the nation Quinn Ewers of Southlake Carroll to forego his senior season and enroll early at Ohio State, the spotlight shines more on Gordon as being one of the more standout players in the area.
Gordon's skill set as a running back adds a great deal of talent to this year's Euless Trinity team. The Trojans are ranked by many this season in the top ten amongst 6A schools and are favorites to play for a state title. Will history sort of flip on itself in a way this year? That could likely happen if Trinity rematches against Carroll in the fourth round of the playoffs and beats them without Quinn Ewers playing.
The Trinity Trojans will also have just as big obstacles to overcome in the regular season, like facing Clemson quarterback commit Cade Klubnik and the reigning 6A State Champions, Westlake. That will be regarded as a very exciting Week Two matchup by many Texas high school football fans, as two state favorites will be showcasing their talent against each other early in the season. All Gordon wants, though, is to have him and his teammates treat this matchup no differently than any other game on their schedule. "We just go practice, play how we play, and we'll be good. I just feel like we shouldn't have to worry about one team or change our ways just because we're about to play [Westlake]," mentioned Gordon.
Robert Gonsoulin's full interview with Ollie Gordom can be played below.
Playing for Texas ICE 7v7, working on footwork throughout the offseason, and being a leader for his teammates around him, Ollie Gordon has done much more than just rising to the challenge of being a team captain for one of 2021's top ranked football teams in Texas. Euless Trinity has high potential this season to bring home a state championship, and Gordon is doing everything he can to make that hope more and more realistic. As for what lies ahead of him, he's currently focused on the first game ahead and getting to make it a memorable senior season. He and the rest of Euless Trinity will kick off their season against Arlington Lamar on August 26th in a Thursday night matchup. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the impact that Ollie Gordon will make for the Trojans this season.
Westlake's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach has announced he will retire following the end of the 2021 football season. Dodge, a six-time state champion head coach, currently holds a 217-72 career record as head coach having won 4 titles with Southlake Carroll and his last 2 with Westlake (19' and 20').
He enters his last year as head Coach looking for a three-peat with returning QB, and Clemson commit, Cade Klubnik.
While nothing has been said or is official, Westlake Defensive Coordinator Tony Salazar, as of this writing, would appear to be the odds on favorite to replace Dodge after his departure.