Recruit Dreams: Part I

How Jordan Whittington Was Recruited

High school football coaches like Cuero’s Travis Reeve have many jobs to do. One that coach Reeve works hard at and enjoys doing is sending videos of Gobbler football players to college coaches all around the country. Coach Reeve and his staff do this free of charge.

“There’s different recruiting services, but one of the great things about texas high school coaches is that they have great relationships with college coaches. College coaches generally come to the coach of that school first.”

But the recruiting process for Jordan Whittington started even before he got to Cuero High School. He and his older brother, Quincey Whittington, were going through workouts, sending videos to different college coaches around the country. That’s when the process started.

Jordan’s workouts, supervised by Quincey, started when Jordan was in fifth grade. The next year, the Jordan Whittington Promotion Machine went into full gear, with workouts and Quincey posting those workouts on internet places like Facebook.

Said Quincey Whittiington, “People were looking forward to this kid playing. I took him to camps for people to notice him and people just followed him through social media and he started doing stuff on the field. That got out on video and it just went from there.”

By the time he was in eighth grade, Jordan told me he was going to different combines in the biggest Texas cities. The first school to offer to him a football scholarship, Baylor, was in May 2016, When Jordan was a freshman. by the time he made Max Preps sophomore All-America in January, 2017, Jordan Whittington had received college offers from the likes of Texas Tech, University Of Houston, Missouri, Kansas, TCU, A&M, Utah, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, In spring of 2017, Jordan took part in a scouting combine in Florida, and more offers came his way.

Said Jordan Whitington, “It’s different because it’s not actually football. You have to actually work way harder. You have to get noticed because everybody at these camps is doing the same thing. You have to find out little ways to separate yourself.”

Then more offers started coming in from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, UCLA, Georgia, Stanford, Florida, Arizona, Nebraska, LSU, West Virginia, Florida State, Alabama, Michigan.

Said Jordan, “I stayed humble and I realized that I’m not even in college and nowhere near where I want to be. I’m not going to get big-headed, stay humble because a lot of athletes in the country are doing the same thing as me.”

Two days before setting the all-time UIL state championship game rushing record, helping lead Cuero to the state championship, Jordan Whittington signed with the University Of Texas. The plan worked.

Said Jordan, “Real thankful. I wouldn’t have gotten near as noticed as I did. We put ourselves out there.”

Said Quincey Whittington, “It’s not even pride. It’s love man. It’s just being able to close my eyes and just wish I had a big brother when I was his age to guide me the right way.”

Said Jordan, “I love him and I’m blessed to have him.”