DENTON — Does size matter on the football field? West Mesquite athlete Ty Jordan hopes to prove height doesn’t define a player.
The 5-7, 183-pound three-star pledged to Texas on Sept. 15. Jordan argues his production and willingness to block outweighs his measurements. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior.
“To me, height doesn’t matter. I’ll go head up with anybody and block anybody. My heart is bigger than my body,” said Jordan after a Friday night loss to Denton Ryan. “I’m short, but you can’t catch me.”
It’s hard to argue with that logic. Jordan ran a verified 10.52 in the 100-meters as a junior. He rushed for 1,236 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018, adding 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 receptions. Jordan lined up at slot receiver in the loss to Ryan. He sees his role at Texas as nomadic.
“They see me as an all-purpose back,” Jordan said of the Longhorns. “A running back and slot that can be used all over the place.”
The Longhorns value versatility. They enjoy splitting out running backs to wide receiver in order to keep linebackers on the field. The offense also values slot receivers, which is demonstrated by the success of Devin Duvernay and Jake Smith in 2019. Texas offered Jordan back in 2018. It took a year to land him, though it sounds like the Longhorns were always destined to sign Jordan.
“Texas felt like home away from home,” Jordan said. “I made a silent commitment a month before I announced it, so I’ve known for a little bit. At junior day, I knew it was the school I wanted to be at.”
Jordan is ready to make an impact in Austin and contains high hopes for the 2020 class, which now sits at 20 commitments and ranks fifth in the nation. Jordan is one of two running back pledges, joining five-star Bijan Robinson.
“We’re coming to change the program,” Jordan said. “I’m excited and ready to work to get better.”