Omaha Skutt's Tyson Gordon

Omaha Skutt's Tyson Gordon catches a pass in the 2018 Class B Nebraska state football title game at Memorial Stadium. 

Tyson Gordon had a decision to make between playing football in college or basketball. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound multisport athlete announced via Twitter his commitment to play football at North Dakota State.

“NDSU just felt like home,” Gordon said. “It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.”

Gordon is a winner. The first-team All-Nebraska safety led Omaha Skutt to the 2018 Class B state football title. As a basketball player he was the SkyHawks’ leading scorer — averaging 14.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game — while making a state semifinal appearance.

The winning culture at NDSU is something that attracted him to Fargo.

“Not a lot of people get the chance to go play for the last-seven-out-of-eight national champions,” Gordon said. “Coach (Matt) Entz, the head coach, was the main recruiter in the process. That shows that he really wanted me to play there. I’m a winner, and what better school to go to?”

He chose NDSU over offers from South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Youngstown State and Illinois State. Division II schools Wayne State and UNK offered for basketball.

“It was between them (NDSU) and SDSU because they were the schools I was most comfortable with,” Gordon said. “In the end, NDSU just felt like the place I wanted to be at.”

He will likely start his career as a free safety and could develop into a nickel cornerback later on.

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