Jordan's Pledge

Frisco (Texas) Centennial speedster and Razorback pledge Lamar Jordan (6-0, 180, 4.38) talks about what it was during last week's Arkansas loss to Alabama that intensified his interest in the Razorbacks.

Two days after committing to Arkansas, Frisco (Texas) Centennial athlete Lamar Jordan was on hand to see top-ranked Alabama blank his future college team.

But that game has only intensified interest in the Razorback program for Jordan (6-0, 180, 4.38), who had a school-record 3,399 yards total offense last season.

"That loss really doesn't change what I am thinking about Arkansas and I remain 100 percent committed," Jordan said. "What amazed me the most was the fans and the atmosphere. The weather was so bad, but it was still sold out and packed at the start of the game. I want to be a part of that."

It was Jordan's second home game to see in Fayetteville this season after not seeing once since he was in the eighth grade.

That's when he came to visit his sister Amare, who recently graduated from Arkansas and is still living here.

"We sit way up in the stands and while it was a good atmosphere, it was nothing like Saturday when we were down close to the field and you could just feel the intensity," Jordan said. "I can't say enough abut how exciting it was and how I can't wait to be a part of that."

Jordan is a standout quarterback for Centennial that passed for over 2,400 yards and rushed for over 900 more last season while accounting for a whopping 35 touchdowns.

The Razorback coaching staff has plans to move Jordan - who became the 16th commitment of the Arkansas' 2013 recruiting class - to wide receiver in college.

"I'm excited about that because Arkansas throws the ball a lot and I look forward to making some big plays for the Razorbacks," Jordan said. ‘But I don't want anybody to get the wrong idea because I will doing my best to block and help other players get big plays as well."

Jordan, who chose Arkansas over New Mexico, Rice, Air Force, Navy and Texas State, feels playing quarterback in high school will help him as he splits out wide in college.

"I think playing quarterback in high school helps prepare me for that because it helps me in knowing how to read defenses and find the holes in them," Jordan said. "I think it really helps with a feel for where to be on the field."

After going unbeaten during the regular season last year and finishing 12-1, the Titans are off to a 3-0 start this season.

Jordan is 45-of-71 passing for 620 yards and seven touchdowns and has rushed 27 times for 74 yards and four more scores.

He has not had to handle the rushing duties as much these days with North Mesquite transfer Chris Johnson, who has rushed for 303 yards so far this season.

"He has really helped us out and given us another weapon on offense that makes us even harder to contain," Jordan said. "He's really playing well."

Centennial is loaded with Division I prospects with TCU safety pledge Ranthony Texada and Baylor defensive tackle commitment Kevin Smith.

Safety Josh Garrett and wide receiver Cydney Calvin are two other seniors likely to sign Division I scholarships as Johnson, who is just a junior.

The offense is averaging over 40 points per game.

"We have a nice blend of talent on both sides of the ball and really feel like we have a chance to win a state title this season," said Jordan, who ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at TCU's camp this summer.

The Titans are playing for late assistant coach Ben Fricke and two classmates who have passed away as well.

Fricke – a former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman – died last year at the age of 35 due to colon cancer.

"Coach Fricke was a great guy and a real inspiration for us," Jordan said. "We got together last year and said we were going to play hard every minute for him and we were going to do all we can to become the first Frisco team to go win a championship.

"We've also had two classmates of ours die so this year we are dedicating the season to all of them and are going to go out there and leave it all on the field every game," Jordan said.

Jordan already knew one fellow Razorback commitment – Fayetteville linebacker Brooks Ellis - before becoming a pledge himself.

"We played youth football together in Frisco, Texas," Jordan said. "I know he is going to be a great player for us."

Jordan, recruited by Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, also got a chance to meet a few more commitments while in Fayetteville last weekend.

"I got to shake hands with Alex Brignoni, Dominique Alexander and Dee Skinner the tight end," Jordan said. "I am definitely going to go and introduce myself to the two quarterbacks – Austin Allen and Tyler Cogswell. I need to be friends with them so they will throw me the ball."

Jordan will definitely be on hand for Arkansas' game with LSU in November and probably several others before that.

"We'll also make it a two-fold visit – go to see my sister and see the games," Jordan said. "I really looking forward to the time I am going to get to spend in Fayetteville this year and for the next several years."





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