The 2022 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns received a big addition on Wednesday with a surprise commitment from Denton Ryan defensive back Austin Jordan.
During June, the 6’0, 190-pounder official visits to Ohio State and Texas in addition to Oklahoma, but he never surfaced on the radar as a key target for the Longhorns despite his trip to Austin with much of the focus in the secondary on Galena Park North Shore star Denver Harris and Beaumont West Brook’s Bryce Anderson.
But the visit clearly made an impact on Jordan, as did the ability to remain in the state of Texas to play college football.
With good length and solid speed, including a sub-11 100m time as a freshman, Jordan has some of the tools necessary to remain at cornerback, where he’s mostly played at Ryan. But if he can’t clean up his technique, his sturdy frame and range make him an appealing prospect at safety, where he’s ranked in the Composite. To project at that position, Jordan needs to become a more consistent tackler, but that should not be a particularly difficult challenge for secondary coaches Terry Joseph and Blake Gideon.
A consensus four-star prospect, Jordan is ranked as the No. 196 player nationally and the No. 10 safety, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Texas now has 15 pledges in a class that ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12, including two other defensive backs — Aledo’s BJ Allen, a safety, and Port Arthur Memorial’s Jaylon Guilbeau, a cornerback.