TAMPA – Gordon Stetson does it all for Berkeley Prep on both the gridiron and the diamond.
The rising senior enters his fourth year as a starter for both Buccaneers football and baseball. Stetson, a 5’10”, 170-pounder is back to football after returning from travel summer baseball on Friday.
After asking him which sport he is better at, he told me that he gets that question a lot. Stetson says when he is in football season he feels like he’s better at that, but he feels the same way when he is in baseball.
In terms of which sport he wants to play in college he says he’ll play whichever sport that gives him the chance in college. He’s still struggling to figure out which one to play in college. He doesn’t have an offer yet but has drawn interest from a few Ivy league schools.
Yale has shown interest in Stetson for both baseball and football while Davidson is another school looking at him for football. Brown and Penn are interested in him for baseball.
“I think it’s really cool to not only be successful at football but baseball as well because I’m not just a one-sport athlete,” Stetson told Prep Sports Scouting.
“Everyone nowadays is focusing on one sport. I like playing both because you can have focus and have fun. When you are in high school for four years why not try to play them for as long as you can.”
He started playing baseball at age 5 and tackle football at age 8. He played linebacker until 8th grade. Playing as an outfielder, Stetson helped Bucs baseball finish 22-9 and appear in the 4A state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Calvary Christian.
Stetson played his junior football season at 185 lbs. and is working hard to gain muscle and get back to 180 lbs. before the start of his senior year.
As for being an undersized running back, Stetson proves that you can accomplish big things if you put your mind to it. He totaled 1,234 yards (959 rushing, 275 receiving) and 13 touchdowns (11 rushing, two receiving) last season.
He averaged an impressive 5.38 yards per carry and 18.33 yards per reception as the workhorse for the third straight year. Stetson needs 863 yards to reach the 3,000-yard rushing mark for his career.
“I think it just shows that height and weight doesn’t matter. As long as you have good feet and you can see the holes and stuff like that.”
Last season the Bucs went 6-4 and missed out on the playoffs with a 0-2 record in 3A-District 4 play. Stetson called it a bummer not making the postseason with a winning record, but he says it proves that their district (Class 3A-District 4) is one of the hardest in Florida.
“I think our team is going to be very good this year. We have a lot of senior leadership and we pretty much have everyone returning on offense except Jacob [Mathis] and Peyson [Hunt]…
“We have replacements for them and our whole offensive line is coming back which is good. I think we’re going to have a good year because we are all really close a team.”
The Bucs play in a three-team district with Tampa Catholic and Lakeland Christian, who went a combined 19-5 last season.
Besides Berkeley’s two district games, Stetson pointed to the home opener against Clearwater Central Catholic as the most important game on his team’s schedule.
CCC hosted the Bucs and held on for a 34-23 win last season.
“We were so close last year and kind of gave it away at the end. We all think we can beat them.”
Stetson says he gained his confidence he has today during his freshman season.
“When the starting running back [Robert Leverette] got hurt and I talked to our quarterback Brad [Mayes] he said I was going to start tonight against Victory Christian. I was like ‘are you kidding me?’ I didn’t think I was going to play at all my freshman year. After that first game, I felt like I could pretty good at this.”
As for his biggest strengths, he pointed to his toughness and vision. He’s aiming to improve his overall strength and burst after he gets through the line.
Stetson said he learned a ton about leadership from 2016 graduates and teammates Jacob Mathis, Peyson Hunt and Jon Turkel.
“They taught me how to set by example and that it’s not always about how you play on the field, but also the words you say in practice.”
He is very grateful to have a guy like head coach Dominick Ciao to lean on often. Ciao enters his 10th season at Berkeley Prep after taking over in 2007. Prior to that, he was the head coach of Jesuit (1986-2002).
“It’s like having someone who wants the best for you and always trying to call or text me whenever he can to ask how I’m doing or what schools I’d like to go to. He’s always trying to get my name out there to be playing at the next level.”
Stetson says both of his parents are his role models, but his dad especially.
“He’s gone through so much in his life. He always has a positive outlook on life and tries to spread to us as a family. He never tries to be the negative instead influences me.”
His ultimate goal is to go to college for four years for football and receive a good education. He wants to major in either business or sports medicine.
This kid is so fun to watch play football. I haven’t seen him play baseball, but I can imagine he uses his athleticsm to his advantage. He loves carrying the load for his team and that is a great attribute to have.
Gordon Stetson deserves an offer. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be given a chance to showcase his game at the next level whether that is with football or baseball. I fully expect him to earn some offers here soon.
Favorite players to watch – Football (Julian Edelman), Baseball (Brett Gardner)
Playlist before games – EDM, Reggae, Rap
Favorite movie – The Benchwarmers
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “If baseball or football doesn’t work out I might want to be a music producer.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Gordy”, “3”
Game film: Stetson’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times
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