Four-star CB Kyler Gordon commits to Washington


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

All the good news Notre Dame received on Wednesday didn't spill over into Thursday evening.

Four-star cornerback Kyler Gordon announced his commitment to Washington on KING 5 News, a local NBC TV station in Seattle. The Irish were Gordon's other finalist.

In making his announcement (video below), Gordon dropped a Washington hat that his mother was holding, then dropped a Notre Dame hat his father was holding before unveiling a Washington T-shirt under his vest.

Gordon said the relationships he built with head coach Chris Petersen and defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake and the people in the Washington locker room led him to picking the Huskies.

"I feel really good about them," Gordon said on KING 5 News. "I just love being there. The chance to be the local dog there that everyone loves, the support from the fans just feels good."

Washington announced Gordon had signed with the football program shortly after his TV appearance.

The Huskies welcome DB Kyler Gordon from Mukilteo, Washington.


— UW Football (@UW_Football) December 22, 2017

Notre Dame made a final push in the last month for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior from Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy. Head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Mike Elko, defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and recruiting coordinator Brian Polian all made visits to see Gordon during the contact period.

Gordon returned the favor by making an unofficial visit earlier this month. He took an official visit to Notre Dame in September for the season opener against Temple. But Washington won out after hosting Gordon one more time this past weekend.

247Sports slates Gordon as the No. 12 cornerback in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him No. 25 at the position.

Gordon caught 32 passes for 841 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 517 yards and seven touchdowns, and recorded 44 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles in his senior season.

The Irish are still waiting on news from four-star wide receiver Braden Lenzy to close the early signing period Friday night.

The Good Fortune of The #Dawgs

— Jimmy Lake (@CoachLakeUDUB) December 22, 2017

Cornerback Kyler Gordon (1), a 2018 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer on Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)