The Oklahoman's Super 30: Baylor commit Corey Gordon proves to be 'bright side' for Putnam City West

It was a common sight across the high school football landscape last year.

Spring football practice at Putnam City West was canceled due to COVID-19 safety measures. And coach Craig Maynard only had a few weeks during fall camp to fully evaluate his team before the season started.

At the same time, newcomer Corey Gordon, who had transferred from sister school Putnam City North, only had a short period of time to make an impression.

But Gordon’s athleticism couldn’t be ignored by the coaching staff. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound prospect was immediately identified as a valuable asset to the team as a wide receiver and safety.

“He didn’t have this long offseason. It’s a two-week time frame,” Maynard said. “And you see that’s a leader. That’s our elite athlete, our go-to playmaker.”

Gordon received his first offer in February, and made his verbal commitment on Sunday to Baylor, which was one of nine schools to make an offer. Gordon is No. 24 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state's top high school football recruits in the 2022 class.

Gordon was a bright spot for the Patriots, who finished 0-8 in 2020. He has assumed a leadership role going into his senior year.

At safety, Gordon recorded 38 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups. As a wide receiver, Gordon collected 455 yards and five touchdowns. He made an immediate impact.

“With Corey coming in, he just had a positive attitude. And so the players were feeding off of that,” said Patriots defensive coordinator Greg Johnson. “COVID made the transition horrible. When you have guys like Corey come in ... it was a bright side.”

Gordon is a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball for West in the winter. He also plays AAU basketball, often traveling to play games over the summer.

As a guard, Gordon can pull off windmill dunks and tomahawks. But Gordon said football is his favorite sport.

Putnam City West's Corey Gordon is No. 24 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state's top high school recruits in the 2022 class.

“Football is my main love,” Gordon said. “And I know I want to go to college for football. So I take that a little bit more serious. But when it's basketball season, I’m fully focused on basketball. When it's football season, I’m fully focused on football.”

Once he transferred to West, Gordon was reunited with Elijah James, who plays quarterback and safety. They met in the seventh grade playing AAU basketball.

“He's very athletic,” James said. “As far as me being the quarterback, me throwing him the ball or me playing on defense with him, he's very, very impactful.”

Although Gordon is still taking college visits, he hopes to end his prep career with a spot in the Class 6A state playoffs.

“I mean, yeah, I got some good personal accolades last year, but we went 0-8,” Gordon said. “So the goal for the year is just to bring it up to the next level, hopefully make the playoffs.”

The Oklahoman's Super 30

Name: Corey Gordon

School: Putnam City West

Super 30 ranking: No. 24

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 180 pounds

Position: Safety, wide receiver

Committed to: Baylor

About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Monday with No. 24, Corey Gordon of Putnam City West. See No. 23 on the list in Tuesday's editions of The Oklahoman.

Here are the last five players we’ve featured:

No. 29: Lane Parks, OL, Yukon

No. 28: Junior Smith, WR/DB, Tulsa Union

No. 27: Davis Dotson, OL, Berryhill

No. 26: Eli McWilliams, LB, Tahlequah

No. 25: David Rowaiye, DL, Southeast

No. 24: Corey Gordon, S/WR, Putnam City West