Finding a recruit with the potential to impact two phases of the game is a difficult task in and of itself, but Texas sophomore athlete Jordan Whittington has the ability to help a Power Five team on offense, defense and special teams at the next level. For proof of this claim, simply dial up his highlight tape, which can be seen on Hudl, for a better understanding of his talent.
Standing at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Whittington primarily lines up as a wide receiver and a defensive back for Cuero (Tex.) High School, but the versatile prospect is also a lethal return man as well. As a whole, Whittington is a threat to find the end zone every time the ball is in his hands, so it’s no wonder that the Gobblers utilize his skill in a number of ways.
When lined up as a receiver, Whittington uses his ball skills and leaping ability to wall of corners from the ball, and he also is quick in and out of his routes, showing an ability to break down defensive backs at the top of his routes. From there, it’s off to the races when the sophomore standout snags the football.
On defense, however, Whittington looks more like an athlete playing defensive back than he does a natural safety. The nation’s No. 6 athlete according to 247Sports.com has fluid hips, but he is a bit choppy in his steps and does not always take the most direct angles to the football. Still, he has all the physical tools to contribute on defense if his next team so chooses.
As a result of his apparent physical makeup, Whittington is receiving interest from schools across the country and currently sports offers from programs such as Baylor, Houston, TCU and Texas A&M, but schools from outside of Texas are also recruiting the explosive athlete. Just recently, Ohio State stepped up with an offer and made a positive impression on Whittington.
“I told all my friends and it was a really exciting moment,” Whittington told Today’s U. “I had been talking to them for like a week or two, and we have like normal conversations. That’s what I like about it.”
In terms of his growing relationship with the Buckeyes, Whittington’s primary recruiter on staff is wide receiver coach Zach Smith. Coaches other than Smith, though, are also kicking the tires to gauge the ability of the Texas product.
“My recruitment is going good,” Whittington said. “Other than my offers, I have Miami looking at me, Tennessee, UT and OU.”
In his short time on the recruiting trail, Whittington has already visited Texas and Texas A&M to get a feel for the schools and their respective campuses.
“At A&M, I experienced the crowd and the 12th man in person,” Whittington said. “It was really exciting, everything about it. And the way both teams, how they run their offense and defense and how they do things.”
As for later on this season, Whittington plans to attend the Houston and Louisville tilt, which is likely shaping up to be an offensive shootout with a high volume of passing. That is what Whittington says will help attract him to his future school.