Texas Longhorns running back commit Jaydon Blue announced on Thursday that he will opt out of his senior season at Klein Cain in order to focus on his academics and off-field training.
The 5’11.5, 205-pounder noted that it was a difficult decision made with his family with the understanding that running backs suffer a significant amount of wear and tear. And while Blue ends his high school career with one quarter of the carries that Aledo product Johnathan Gray had when he arrived on the Forty Acres, Blue’s decision is meant to ensure that when he enrolls at Texas next January, he’ll be in position to perform at what he termed an “elite level.”
Blue already possesses some proven athleticism to go along with his proven production of 3,767 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns over his two seasons at the varsity level — he ran a personal-best 10.70 100-meter dash during Cain’s track season this spring and posted a solid 4.31 shuttle last year that he should be able to improve upon in the coming months.
In the rankings, there wasn’t much left for Blue to prove, as he’s considered the No. 31 prospect nationally by 247Sports and as the top running back by the service.
Blue committed to Texas in early February and has served as the top in-state recruiter for the Longhorns since then, helping to build a class that currently ranks No. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.