Fans are sometimes surprised when certain players get offered. But when the players get surprised, that's something else altogether. Fort Bend Ridge Point cornerback Jordan Tolbert hit that mark when the Texas staff extended an offer at Junior Day Saturday.
"It's amazing," Tolbert said. "I was shocked because I didn't think that I was going to get offered today. It was just amazing. I'm happy I did.
"They liked my work ethic, and they said I'm a good corner," Tolbert said.
Tolbert said he's comfortable playing man or zone, something that also appealed to the coaches.
"They're saying they want to run a nickel-type defense," Tolbert said. "Since they're a new coaching staff coming in, they want to wait and see what the players can run to see if they're going to be more man or more zone. Whatever's good for them, that's what they're going to play."
Tolbert was part of a stingy Ridge Point defense that included fellow Texas target Cameron Townsend. And he said that the defense could be even better this year, especially if he continued to work hard and become more of a leader.
"I'm now helping the sophomores that are going to be juniors next year and the freshmen," Tolbert said. "We're working hard, trying to help get better."
Texas marked offer No. 4 for Tolbert, who also has offers from Baylor, Colorado and Houston, and he's starting to hear from TCU, SMU, Oregon State, Nebraska and USC. He said he doesn't have any favorites at this point.
"I'm just looking to see if I could get along with the coaches and see the classes and stuff," Tolbert said. "I want to see if I could get a great education there."