The opportunity to play at the college level is rare, with only six percent participating in football after high school.
When Livingston’s Kedar Gordon received the chance, he signed to play ball for the next two years at Independence Community College. Family, coaches and teammates attended a signing ceremony in support of the Lion lineman Wednesday morning.
Independence coaches have told Gordon they envision him slotting in at left guard on the Pirate offensive line. Gordon, who played on both sides of the line for the Lions, said it does not matter to him where he lines up and just wants the chance to play.
Though he has yet to visit the school, he plans to visit as soon as he possible.
Gordon said he has a good relationship with the coaches and speaks daily with his new offensive line coach.
“Anytime you have someone go play at the next level, it is great for them individually, but as a program as well,” Livingston football coach and athletic director Brian Broussard said. “We had a little part in it, but mom and dad play the biggest part of all. We can't coach 6’3” or 6’4”, but we were fortunate to be able to coach him.
“One thing about Kedar is he always has a smile on his face and when somebody else is in a bad mood, he picks them up. He's got a good sense of humor, he is a great athlete for a big guy, and he was almost up to (weighing) 270 before he lost some weight playing basketball. He has good feet, good hands, is strong, and has the ability to continue to do a lot of good things at the next level.”
Coaches of Independence have told Gordon they would like to see him come to Kansas at a weight of around 285. They have sent a weight program that he will begin once basketball season concludes.
With players advancing to the next level for two consecutive years from the Livingston football program and another strong possibility for next year, Broussard said college coaches will know the way to Livingston, helping to exposure for others.
Established in 1925, Independence Community College plays its games in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. The Pirates are one of eight schools that participate in football, along with Butler, Coffeyville, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Garden City, Hutchinson and Highland.
Former football stars from the conference include 1972 NFL MVP Larry Brown of the Washington Redskins, and New York Giants stars Brandon Jacobs and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Independence, Kansas is located about 80 miles north of Tulsa and just over 100 miles east of Wichita. The Pirates were 5-4 in 2016, winning their final four contests.