Kevin Gordon is proud to be an alumnus of Florida State University. And as the athletic director at Clearwater High School, he does everything in his power to get Tornadoes to become Seminoles.
Last year, he paved the way for national pole vault champion Jason Dean to receive a partial scholarship to FSU. And two months into this school year, he has already helped two more Clearwater athletes to join Dean in Tallahassee.
Jay Reckenwald and Dana Vickery orally committed to FSU, Gordon said. They are expected to make it official during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 12.
Reckenwald broke onto the track scene after transferring from Dunedin his sophomore year. Nobody really knew who he was until he finished tied for first in the high jump at the state meet, but finished second on a tie-breaker.
Last year, he won the event and was named to the Times all-county first team. The 6-foot-2 Reckenwald cleared 6-10 and failed in an attempt to tie the state record of 7 feet. He should get another shot this spring.
Vickery, who helped Pinellas Park to the school's first regional title in 1994 before transferring, recently made an official trip to FSU and missed a couple of volleyball matches. While the undefeated Tornadoes proved they can play without Vickery by marching to the Clearwater Invitational title Vickery proved she could play at the next level.
Vickery is a two-sport standout. She also plays softball. She was named co-MVP of the Clearwater Bullets after they won the National Softball Association title in 1996. She was also part of this year's Under-18 state tournament team.