On Wednesday, the updated 247Sports Composite rankings launched Texas Longhorns early enrollee wide receiver Jordan Whittington to the No. 34 ranking nationally, which gives the Cuero product status as a consensus five-star prospect once again. It’s his highest ranking since early last year.
Already on campus, Whittington participated in his first weight lifting session with the Longhorns on Wednesday following a sensational end of his high school career that featured a record-setting performance in the state title game against Texarkana Pleasant Grove and a strong week at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
In the 4A state title game, Whittington surpassed Eric Dickerson’s conference 4A rushing record and Jonathan Gray’s all-time rushing record with a 334-yard performance on the ground. However, that wasn’t Whittington’s only impact on the game, as he recorded 34 receiving yards, totaled six touchdowns, and added 11 tackles to earn Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP of the game.
“In some ways, he reminds me of a (former Texas A&M and current Arizona Cardinals wide receiver) Christian Kirk type of guy on the offensive side of the ball,” 247Sports Director of Recruiting Barton Simmons told Horns247. “He’s got versatility. He can fire a bullet on defense, too, if for some reason that becomes a better option. He’s certainly a stock-up guy right now.”
Now ranked as the nation’s No. 2 athlete, Whittington was listed as a wide receiver when he signed with the Longhorns, but he was also a physical, hard-hitting safety in high school, proved his ability as a running back in the state title game, and was also a standout in the kicking game.
On Early Signing Day, head coach Tom Herman called Whittington “extremely versatile.”
“Plays wide receiver, safety, kick returner, wildcat quarterback,” Herman said. “The possibilities are endless when it comes to him and his usage on our football team.”
The U.S. Army All-American is one of the more aggressive and gutsy runners you’ll see when he has possession of the ball. His lighting quick-twitch lateral movement allows him to get upfield on defenses in a hurry. Because Whittington is such a violent runner, trying to arm tackle him is something that can lead to him picking up a substantial amount of yardage and this, putting points on the board. It’s very seldom that you see the first man or one single defender stop Whittington. His build is extremely impressive and has been for quite some time. Whittington’s physical attributes are already that of an FBS player, so imagine what an entire offseason in Yancy McKnight’s strength and conditioning program will do to a player like him.
So expect the 6’1, 205-pounder to compete for a starting role on kickoff return and punt return, in addition to receiving looks in the backfield with the transfer of running back Toneil Carter and potential transfers of Kyle Porter and Tristian Houston, both of whom recently entered the NCAA transfer portal. Spring practice will also feature a competition at the slot receiver position to replace Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who left early for the NFL.
Unsurprisingly, Whittington has high aspirations on the Forty Acres.
“The main goal is just to start,” Whittington told Burnt Orange Nation. “Do that and prove that I can play with them.”