ATH Lamar Jordan chooses Arkansas


Hours after picking up an offer from Arkansas, Lamar Jordan (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) decided to pull the trigger.

Jordan, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, confirmed via text message that he verbally committed to the Razorbacks Thursday evening. He became the third player from Texas on Thursday to give Arkansas his verbal pledge, joining Navarro College offensive linemen Zach Fondal and Mitchell Bell in a 2013 recruiting class now at 17 strong.

“I just talked about it with my parents, and I talked about it with my sister who graduated from there,” said Jordan, who was recruited by offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. “Coach told me they were only taking two or three [receivers], and this was my best offer, so I felt like I might as well jump on it. I prayed about it, and I’m happy with my decision.

“I feel great. I feel like this recruiting stuff is now off my shoulders, and I can focus more on the season.”

Jordan chose Arkansas over BCS offers from New Mexico, Rice, Texas State, Air Force and Navy, as well as an offer from Lindenwood (Mo.), a Division II school. Jordan said the decision ultimately came down to Arkansas, Texas State, New Mexico and Rice, but playing in the SEC was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

Jordan, a quarterback for Centennial, is expected to play wide receiver in college. He took an unofficial visit to Arkansas two weeks ago and will return to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for the Arkansas-Alabama game.

Jordan added that he’s looking forward to meeting and playing alongside Fondal, Bell and the rest of the 2013 class – particularly the players from Texas.

“It makes me happy knowing I’ve got some Texas people with me,” he said. “I’ve got some guys who have the same background as me and know where I’m coming from. It feels good just to be a part of a great family.”