A report on Madison.com Wednesday afternoon stated that Iowa verbal commitment Melvin Gordon is in the process of de-committing from the Hawkeye program and is expected to pledge his allegiance to home-state Wisconsin.
Gordon, a running back from Kenosha, committed to Iowa in August but attended the Wisconsin game against Ohio State in October. It was said at the time that he was just tagging along with his Bradford High team.
Madison.com spoke with Bradford Coach Jed Kennedy on Wednesday. He said that Gordon didn't want to comment publicly until speaking with the Iowa coaches.
"He is really thinking about his decision and his commitment to Iowa," Kennedy told Madison.com.
The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association named the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Gordon its offensive player of the year. He carried the ball 158 times for 2009 yards (12.7 yards per carry). He led the state with 38 touchdowns on the ground.
Kyle Heikkinen is a recruiting analyst for the Wisconsin website in the 247 Sports network. He reported that unnamed sources told him that Gordon de-committed from Iowa and was committing to Wisconsin.
According to Heikkinen, Gordon wanted to stay closer to home and that his parents are big Badger fans. He also reported that Gordon witnessed a fight in the Iowa locker room after last Saturday's loss against Ohio State and the incident was the main reason for the de-commitment.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was asked during his Wednesday night radio show if there was a fight in the locker room. He said he was not aware of a fight but it's certainly possible.
Gordon would be the second de-commitment in the Class of 2011. Texas wide receiver JaCorey Shepherd committed to Iowa in April and then switched to Kansas at the end of July.