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Lancaster County continues to be fertile ground for the Newberry College football program.
Earlier this winter, the Wolves added Lancaster High School star defensive lineman Daniel Foster to the scarlet and gray fold.
Newberry netted another county stalwart Wednesday afternoon as the Wolves signed Indian Land football standout A.J. Gordon.
Gordon, 6-3, 240, is a top student and ace lineman for the Warriors.
He was a key performer on the 9-2 Indian Land team last season when the Warriors, in their first season in Class AA, finished as the Region IV-AA runner-up and earned a Class AA Upper State playoff bid.
A three-year member of the Indian Land football squad, Gordon was a two-way starter as an anchor in the offensive and defensive lines.
On the Warriors’ defense, Gordon notched 56 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and six pass deflections at the line of scrimmage.
Gordon earned all-region and all-county honors and honorable mention recognition for all-area last fall.
During the 2010 season, Gordon was honored six times by the Tri-County Football Coaches Association including two on defense, one for offense and three honorable mentions.
“Much of our rushing attack was built around our guards, A.J. and Marc Morris,” Indian Land High School football coach Mike Mayer said. “Our defensive line was also centered around A.J. and Marc’s play. A.J. is a hard worker on the field and in the classroom.
“A.J. is one of the most grounded and focused teenagers I have ever coached,” Mayer said. “A.J. is going to be missed next season and leaves big shoes to fill on our team with his play and leadership. He will be an outstanding representative for Newberry College.”
Gordon, in class, sports a 4.52 grade point average, ranking 11th out of 147 in the IL Class of 2011.
Mayer noted Gordon, who attended IL schools K-12, has been in the Indian Land schools football program since the seventh grade.
Gordon noted several reasons for picking the Wolves.
“Newberry is family oriented and coach Stephen Flynn has kept constant contact with me during the recruiting process,” Gordon said. “I feel the recruiting class is strong.
“They are bringing in good guys and trying to build up and improve their football program.”
Gordon said he expects to be red-shirted in his first year at Newberry.
“After that, I feel I’ll be brought in to compete at guard or center,” Gordon said. “I’m looking forward to it and being a part of that program.”