On March 10, the Texas Longhorns class gained a new headliner in the form of elite Cuero wide receiver Jordan Whittington.
A 4-star prospect, Whittington’s versatile skill set was coveted by 30 programs from around the nation, but when it was all said and done, Whittington chose the Longhorns over programs such as Texas A&M, UCLA, and Florida.
In doing so, Whittington provided the Longhorns with what Rivals’ Nick Krueger ranked as one of the biggest commitments from a Texas prospect since National Signing Day.
‘Whittington has been an intriguing prospect for some time, and a player that programs from across the country have been pursuing simply because he’s capable of so much as a player,” Krueger said. “Whittington is built like a linebacker, can be a ball-hawking safety on defense, and has sneaky quickness and field vision as a receiver.”
“Ultimately, teams yielded to his desire to play offense, and his commitment to Texas earlier in March gives the Longhorns a valuable receiving threat that can line up anywhere on offense,” Krueger added. “Texas did well to keep its recruiting momentum going into 2019 with Whittington, who is a popular personality among other top recruits in the state.”
A do-it-all star for Cuero, in addition to hauling in 73 receptions for 1,457 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, Whittington carried the ball 34 times for 227 yards and 5 scores. Flip the field and as an elite defensive back prospect, Whittington totaled 3 interceptions and returned 1 interception for a touchdown.
With Texas aiming to turn the corner under Tom Herman, athletes with the skill set and upside that Whittington possesses are exactly what the Longhorns need to continue improving.
Bearing that in mind, it’s quite clear that Whittington’s pledge is one of the top five most significant of any Texas prospect since National Signing Day.
Whittington is ranked as the nation’s No. 18 player, No. 3 wide receiver and the No. 4 player in Texas, per Rivals.