The Texas Longhorns added a key piece to the defensive class as Port Arthur Memorial defensive end Jordon Thomas finalized his process and submitted his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.
4-star DL Jordon Thomas is officially a Longhorn. Thomas ranks 222nd on ESPN 300. pic.twitter.com/W6WdUYkkNR— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) December 16, 2020
The four-star defensive end, like all of his classmates, chose Texas without taking an official visit due to COVID-19 changing the NCAA recruiting cycles. He narrowed his choices to Texas and the Texas A&M Aggies in April after taking three visits to College Station early in the process. A month later, he announced his commitment to the Longhorns.
Coming in as a 6’3, 240-pound freshman, Thomas gives defensive line coach Oscar Giles a ton of physical talent with which to work. Thomas has relied on his physical capabilities to make plays for the Titans when healthy and if he picks up the proper technique has the potential to be an elite player.
Thomas was named second-team All-District as a sophomore for the Titans after recording 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and five sacks. He saw his junior season come to an end due to an ankle injury but rehabbed and managed to return for a final run with Memorial. The Brahmas saw their season end on Friday against Fort Bend, 41-34, bringing his high school career to a close.
He comes to Texas as the No. 296 player overall, the No. 21 weakside defensive end and the No. 45 player in the state of Texas. He joins a room that features four returning upperclassmen, as well as 2020 additions Alfred Collins and Vernon Broughton.