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Archbishop Murphy's Kyler Gordon, state's No. 1 recruit, chooses Huskies over Notre Dame
Posted 01/03/2018 10:14AM

Archbishop Murphy’s Kyler Gordon, state’s No. 1 recruit, chooses Huskies over Notre Dame

By Adam Jude, Seattle Times staff reporter

Add another top prospect to the Pac-12’s top-ranked recruiting class.

Kyler Gordon, the state’s No. 1-ranked recruit out of Everett’s Archbishop Murphy High School, announced he will stay close to home to play college football, choosing the Huskies over Notre Dame on Thursday evening.

The four-star cornerback boosts a University of Washington recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 and No. 11 nationally, making it the Huskies’ highest-ranked class ever by (dating back to 2000).

Gordon’s announcement was broadcast from an in-studio interview at KING5 News.

“Go Dawgs, baby,” Gordon said as he revealed a “W” shirt under his jacket.

UW announced Gordon’s signing a few minutes later, meaning he had already submitted his National Letter of Intent. The Huskies list Gordon as a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back.

UW announced the signing of 18 recruits on Wednesday, the first day of the new 72-hour early signing period. Gordon is No. 19, and the second defensive back in the class (joining Dominique Hampton of Peoria, Ariz.).

“First off, the relationship I built there with the coaches — Coach Pete, Coach Lake — it’s something really strong there,” Gordon said. “The people in the locker room, they’re all one. It’s not selfish; it’s not for one person. The mindset is the right way. I feel really good about them … and the chance to be the local Dawg there that everyone loves. The support from the fans, it just feels good.”

Gordon is ranked as the No. 102 overall prospect in the nation and No. 1 in the state by

Also a standout receiver, Gordon helped the Archbishop Murphy win back-to-back Cascade Conference titles and advance to the Class 2A state semifinals this year. Archbishop Murphy won the state title in 2016.

This season, he had five interceptions and a combined 10 touchdowns on offense and special teams, and he was named to the Star Times all-area team.

Gordon credited some of his football success to his background as a competitive dancer. He began dancing at age 5, and then spent five WNBA seasons on the Seattle Storm youth dance troupe, performing during breaks in games and at promotional events.

“The balance, coordination and body-control I learned in dancing helps me so much,” Gordon told The Seattle Times this summer. “And the flexibility from my ballet skills; it helps with speed, too. It’s why I love playing wide receiver — just jumping up and getting the ball.”

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