CLASS OF 2017: JORDAN POUNCEY
Winter Park, Fla. WR (6-1, 187)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? Pouncey originally committed to Notre Dame last summer, but de-committed when his receivers coach left the Fighting Irish to become Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator in the offseason. That opened things up for Texas and Miami, and after visiting the Hurricanes and Longhorns within a week of each other in late January, he signed with Texas on signing day.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 734th; Fab 55, not ranked (out of state; 96th in Florida); Position, 106th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 1,133
AT WINTER PARK: Played two years there after moving over from his first school, Montverde Academy, after that school discontinued its football program after his sophomore year. He was a versatile all-state performer, starring at receiver, running back and defensive back. He was a first-team all-state utility player.
2014: 34 tackles, 3 TDs, 1 INT
2015: 17 catches, 515 yards, 7 TDs, 1 rushing TD
2016: 31 catches, 431 yards, 86 carries for 768 yards, 12 TDs, 49 tackles, 3 INTs, 12 passes defended
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: Texas is flush with receivers, from Collin Johnson, Devin Duvernay and Armanti Foreman to John Burt, Lorenzo Joe and Jerrod Heard. There’s one other freshman, Tyler John Tyler’s Damion Miller, who’ll arrive on campus this summer.
THEY SAID IT: “What he is now, here at Winter Park High School, two, three years from now, he’s going to be one of those kids that comes back and he’s going to be twice the kid, twice the player.” — Tim Shifflet, Winter Park coach
DID YOU KNOW?
- Pouncey was among the Winter Park football players who shaved their heads last summer as a sign of support for Jack Suarez, a classmate who was battling osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in his leg. Suarez passed away in January; Pouncey wears a wristband that says “Press on, #getjacked” in his honor.
- Pouncey is a second cousin to NFL centers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. Both starred at Florida in college. Mike has played in 77 games for the Miami Dolphins since 2011 and Maurkice has also played in 77 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re twins.
- Pouncey comes from a musically-gifted family. He began drumming when he was a toddler, though he gave up drumming in high school so he could focus on football. His flute-playing mother met his percussionist father as members of Central Florida’s marching band. His older brother, James IV, also is a producer and rapper who provided a song for one of Pouncey’s highlight films.
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