Dasani Gordon has learned a lot during his time as a Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver and is hoping to make an impact somewhere at the collegiate level.
Gordon finished his junior year with 16 catches, 153 yards (9.6 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. The Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, won their first state title in program history with a 48-10 victory over the North Marion Colts. They finished the season 13-2 (5-0 16-5A) on a 13-game winning streak.
“It was amazing to be a part of a team that helped bring the first state championship to Cardinal Gibbons,” Gordon said reflecting on the championship season last year.
In his first season with the team, Chiefs Head Coach Matthew Debuc led the team to the 2016 FHSAA Class 5A Regional Semifinals where they lost to the American Heritage Patriots 10-7, finishing that year 9-2, 4-1 16-5A). The Chiefs and Patriots met again in the 2017 FHSAA Class 5A Regional Final and the Chiefs lost 58-57.
Gordon’s love for football began when he was four years old. His mother got him involved with the sport to help work out some anger issues he had as a kid.
He says that she is the one who had the biggest impact on him because he saw her, day-in and day-out, raise four kids and work two jobs all by herself and still have time to support him in everything that he did.
“I realized I actually had skills in football when in elementary school, at recess, everybody wanted to be on my team. They couldn’t stop me, and they wanted to win,” he said. “In little league football, the coaches would utilize me at every position from kicker to center and [from] quarterback to safety. I’ve played every position they needed me [to play].”
Dasani Gordon got his competitive nature from being a northern Ft. Lauderdale native and seeing a lot of talented football players grow up and compete with him.
“This city means a lot to me. When I become successful, in any way, I want to come back and give back to my city just to show my appreciation.”
Looking at Dasani Gordon on film, he gets off of the line of scrimmage well and has the ability to get separation and make plays. As a junior, he was utilized a lot in bubble screens and the red zone where he was able to utilize his size and route running. In these first few games of 2019, he showed how valuable he is as a blocker in the running game. See his junior highlights here.
He has a lone offer from St. Thomas University and has high interest in colleges and universities in the southeast region because he wants to stay close to home.
“I’ve learned at Cardinal Gibbons that it’s a family. You will always have support. All the coaches and other staff members really care about you, your academics, and your health on and off the field. Also, on the football field, we live to compete every day.”
His junior season motivated him and made him stronger mentally and physically. As a sophomore, trying to block and outsmart his Division I teammates Marquis Williams and Ron Hardge III made him better because he had to work so hard. They didn’t let up for anybody. They kept pushing because they wanted to see their teammates doing big things.
Both the Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs and American Heritage Patriots have gotten off to a solid start and are 4-1 through five games. They will face one another again on Friday. Game time is 7 pm.
“When my time is all said and done at gibbons I want to be remembered as a scholar who stayed positive, kept up with his grades, helped others in need and was a good football player,” Gordon said.