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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Three-star athlete Jordan commits as QB

By Damon Sayles

Lamar Jordan (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) is on a mission to prove everyone who doubted his ability to play quarterback. He’s also on a mission to prove that he can do it and be successful at a program looking to immediately turn things around.

Jordan took a visit to New Mexico over the weekend, and the 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete verbally committed to the Lobos on Tuesday. Jordan is New Mexico’s 16th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Originally thought by many to line up as a wide receiver in college, he’s going to Albuquerque to play quarterback.

“I had colleges that came in and said I was two inches too short or that I wasn’t a drop-back passer,” Jordan said. “I just want to prove them all wrong. Nothing against any of them, but I’ve got to prove them wrong.”

Jordan visited the campus and said the campus life and Albuquerque reminded him of life in Frisco. He was a big fan of offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse, who also is the quarterbacks coach.

“Their quarterbacks coach reminded me of my quarterbacks coach at home,” Jordan said. “At one point in time, my quarterbacks coach was the only one who thought I could play quarterback. That’s what really pushed me. If I have that bond, I can play better and play for a guy who will motivate me and help me change the program.”

Jordan threw for 2,674 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior for Centennial, which advanced to the Texas Class 4A Division I quarterfinals. Recruited by offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier, Jordan ultimately chose New Mexico over offers from Texas State and Rice. He also had offers from Air Force, Idaho, Navy and Sam Houston State.