Trent Gordon is expected to pay big dividends for the Penn State football program.

Besides being expected to be a major cog for the Nittany Lions’ defense from his cornerback position, along with safety Isaiah Humphries, Gordon’s recruitment could open the door for the program to expand its recruitment in the Texas area.

“It opens the door to Texas,” defensive recruiting coordinator Terry Smith recently told Penn Live. “Penn State doesn’t have a history of recruiting Texas athletes. It gives us the opportunity; we hit two of their major markets in Dallas and Houston, and it just creates an opportunity for us.”

In the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Gordon, the Lions may have already hit paydirt. He was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN coming out of Manvel High, leading the Mavericks to a 27-2 record over his final two seasons.

According to the school’s website, he ranked as the No. 36 cornerback and No. 50 recruit in Texas overall coming out of Manvel.

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