After putting forth a remarkable performance on the biggest stage on Friday, as elite Texas Longhorns signee Jordan Whittington led his Cuero Gobblers to a Class 4A Division II state title, Tom Herman and his staff can’t help but marvel at the fact that he’ll be in burnt orange very soon.
Whittington has been a varsity player for Cuero since he was a freshman. He’s witnessed the program’s ups and downs for many years and knew this was a special moment for Whittington and his longtime teammates. Winning it all with the guys he grew to love the game with, made Friday a day Whittington will remember forever.
“It’s a dream that turned into reality,” Whittington told BON. “You know, this is a team that’s been together since the seventh grade and we’re seniors and we did it! It’s overwhelming and I love these boys.”
Over the years, Whittington has become the ultimate teammate and competitor, allowing him to display one of the greatest individual performances we’ve ever seen in a UIL state championship game. Whittington capped his high school career with a bang, totaling 377 all-purpose yards, six touchdowns, 11 total tackles, taking home Offensive and Defensive MVP honors along the way — dwell on that stat line for a moment… The Texas Longhorns are soon set to receive a young man that’s truly a totally different breed.
Jordan Whittington did it all today:— John Elizondo (@johndelizondo) December 21, 2018
334 rushing yards (#UILState record)
43 receiving yards
377 total yards
State Champion. pic.twitter.com/4qJhTHe4yo
What went into Whittington’s nationally recognized performance?
“Refusing to lose and having that mentality,” Whittington expressed. “You’re not going to stop me and if you do it’s because I let you. I can’t say enough. That’s how we all acted and at the end of the day we came out on top.”
The four-star prospect, who is well deserving of his fifth star, signed his National Letter of Intent with Texas earlier this week. Playing for the Horns is something Whittington has worked tremendously hard for and dreamed of for a very long time. Now he’s ready to make that vision a reality and in short order.
Becoming a day-one starter is what Whittington is gunning for.
“The main goal is just to start,” Whittington said. “Do that and prove that I can play with them.”
An early enrollee, Whittington will be fully capable of competing for playing time and potentially a starting position during the course of the offseason. His ability to be such a dynamic runner after the catch or just taking the ball as a wildcat quarterback simply puts him in prime position to be one of the next big offensive weapons for the Longhorns.
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.
Aside from Whittington’s on-field play, his greatest quality might simply be his personality. He’s a first-class human being that is completely humble through all of the incredible hype and attention he’s deserving of. That trait can and will take him a long way.
What are the chances we see Whittington on the field early?
With a player like Whittington and the amount of electricity he can bring to a team like Texas, I think we’ll see him be utilized in numerous ways on offense and in the return game. A lot of how much he will be used might depend upon the looming NFL decisions from receivers Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. If they do elect to take their talents to the next level, we’ll see some position battles and moving pieces within the receiving core. Expect Whittington and fellow #fUTure19 signee and National Gatorade Player of the Year Jake Smith to be right in the thick of things by the start of the start of next season.
Whittington’s been a do-it-all player throughout his entire high school career, meaning he seldom left the field and was called upon to do everything. The state champion will not be forced do everything for the Texas football program and will be able to focus on excelling at the receiver position. The best is yet to come for Whittington.
At 6’1, 198 pounds, Whittington is ranked as the nation’s No. 53 prospect, the No. 4 wide receiver, and as the No. 7 player in the state, per the 247Sports Composite rankings