You knew Oklahoma was going to get involved with Lancaster (Texas) High defensive back Jordon Austin. Not because the 2018 prospect is the younger brother of OU cornerback Dakota Austin, but because he was already around 6-foot tall heading into high school.
He camped at OU two years ago and was in Norman as a recruit a couple of months ago for junior day. He intended to be at OU’s spring game as family but was told the week of the event he could come as a recruit.
He still thought nothing of it. Austin was going through the usual recruit deal with the presentations and was just making small talk when things changed in a hurry.
OU head coach Bob Stoops asked Austin where his father was. And instead of heading back to Stoops’ office, the offer was given to Austin right then and there with Mike Stoops and Kerry Cooks also involved.
“I couldn’t stop smiling for like five minutes,” Austin said. “It means a lot since I’m still a sophomore. It puts you on another level. But now I have something to prove, to show people I didn’t just get the offer because of my brother.”
Of course anybody who follows OU recruiting knows full well the Sooners don’t operate that way. If they did, the Sooners might have landed a few other prospects in recent classes. OU never offers one brother in hopes of getting another.
What it does say is how much OU respects what Dakota Austin has done in his time in Norman. Incredibly undersized, Austin simply won’t go away when talking about the starting cornerback position this season.
“He really felt like his size was going to be a problem,” Jordon Austin said. “But he’s showing why he’s a dog and that’s why he’s getting the opportunity. He’s leaving the spring with a starting spot. I’m very proud of him.”
Jordon is proud of Dakota on the field, and now Dakota has stepped up with Jordon in terms of how to handle the recruiting process.
Jordon Austin figured an OU offer might come, but it would happen after a long evaluation process. He figured his first offer would be from a place like North Texas and nothing is wrong with that. He understands it’s a process so for OU to start things off definitely caught him off guard.
That’s where big brother can help.
“He has been amazing,” Jordon Austin said. “I have friends without older brothers, and they always wonder how I know so much. He tells me all the small stuff you need to know.
“I’m the baby of the family. My sister is 27. Dakota is 21 so I’ve been able to learn a lot from my family.”
While Dakota is lucky to be 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Jordon is already a legitimate 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. The offer was nice, but there was never a second where Austin thought about committing to the Sooners right then and there.
“Not at all,” Austin said. “I’m 16 years old. I don’t know what I want. My mind can change next month. I have no idea how things will work out. And I don’t want to be one of those kids who decommits and doesn’t keep his word.”
Austin was one of three 2018 offers to be given over the weekend, and it also gave him an opportunity to get to know SoonerSquad17.
With so many 2017 commitments in Norman, Jordon Austin had no idea how he would be received as a 2018 kid. Turns out he had no reason to worry.
“It was a real family vibe,” Austin said. “It wasn’t like I don’t like you because I don’t know you. Everybody was real welcoming. It felt like a second home, not just because of all the times I’ve been there in the past but because of how it feels now.”
Jordon Austin knows the critiques are coming now. The OU offer means he needs to show why every single day. He said he has been working on his footwork and his hips the most. Last year he actually played outside linebacker, but he wants to be a cornerback at the next level.
He knows the only way to do that is to earn. To improve his footwork enough to where he can be that guy.
Two years ago at OU’s camp he said he had no idea what he was doing. He was following the other guy around and knocking the ball down, he said.
He won’t be at all of the days of OU’s camp, but he intends to return to Norman for one of the days and show just how far he has really come in the last two years.