The Scouting Report
Q&A: Strake Jesuit TE Thomas Gordon
The next top tight end prospect to come out of Houston is emerging and his name is Thomas Gordon.
The Strake Jesuit tight end finished last season with 27 catches for 455 yards and seven touchdowns. Gordon is committed to Northwestern.
VYPE recently caught up with him to break down what made him the District 19-6A Newcomer of the Year in 2017 and a player to watch this season.
VYPE: How much have you worked on your route running as a tight end? You impressed many with it at The Opening Houston Camp.
Gordon: “I have done lots of footwork drills and run a ton of routes, becoming a more refined route runner.”
VYPE: What do you spend the most time working on to improve your game on the field?
Gordon: “Currently I spend most of my time lifting to get bigger and faster, to become a better athlete.”
VYPE: How would you rate your blocking ability on run plays and pass protection as a tight end?
Gordon: “We switched offenses to a pro style and I was not used to that. At first, I struggled with blocking, but I would say I’ve gotten better almost every game and have learned to love blocking.”
VYPE: You have the ability to go up and make a big catch. How have you learned to utilize your size to your advantage in that part of your game?
Gordon: “I have learned that nobody can guard a 6-foot-5 tight end if you know how to use your body. I position my body where if the quarterback throws it right, I cannot be guarded.”
VYPE: What made Northwestern the place for you?
Gordon: “Northwestern is the place for me because it has everything I want. They play in the best conference in the country right now and they are a Top 10 school academically in the nation.”
VYPE: Which tight end in the NFL do you model your game after or look up to the most as how they play the game and why?
Gordon: “I have always looked up to Robert Gronkowski because of the way he can catch touchdowns and destroy defenders when he is blocking.”
This article appears in the May Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations today!