|Height - Weight||5'7" 185 lbs|
|High School||Carrollwood Day|
|247 Sports||** - 77|
|Rivals||** - 5.4|
|ESPN||*** - 76|
I mention Gourdine is an athlete because he plays both offense and defense for Farmington. But for the purposes of this analysis, and the above highlights, he will be evaluated on the defensive side of the ball. Gourdine is long and lanky but not necessarily built like a stick. He has good enough size to lay the lumber on the ball carrier and the mentality to not shy away from a tackle. Moreover he reads plays well and fights his way through blocks pretty well. Those attributes makes him excellent in run support. Goudine isn’t too shabby against the pass either. While he’s a little stiff in the hips his long arms make him tough to pass over and he sticks to receivers well.
It seems like UC’s staff is presenting Gourdine with the possibility of playing cornerback in Clifton but I don’t think he has the flexibility to cover receivers man-to-man on a consistent basis. Therefore he will play strong safety with the Bearcats or potentially bulk up and play outside linebacker. Actually I can see a possible future Nickleback in this kid. Either way, Cincinnati is getting a player who will create fear over any opposing receiver crossing over the middle of the field. That’s something UC has been lacking out of the safety position since Haruki Nakamura took his talents to the NFL. In all likelihood Adrian Witty will take over the starting strong safety role in 2013 so Gourdine might be relegated to a redshirt as a freshman. Where Gourdine might have an outside shot his redshirt is on special teams or potentially at Nickelback with Chris Williams and Rueben Johnson graduating after the upcoming season.