On Saturday the Texas Longhorns scored a big victory in the Red River Rivalry.
Jordan Stevenson attended the Red River Rivalry win for Texas over Oklahoma on Saturday.
On Sunday the residual impact was felt as the Longhorns are now reaping the benefits from snapping a three-year run of futility against the Sooners.
Dallas South Oak Cliff 2015 running back Jordan Stevenson, who was in the stands for the Longhorns' 36-20 upset victory over No. 12-ranked Oklahoma, committed to Texas on Sunday evening. The No. 242-ranked prospect in the Top247 for 2015 chose the Longhorns following a recruitment that's been trending Texas' way for some time.
“He's always been a Texas kid,” South Oak Cliff head coach Emmett Jones said. “We've never heard him say anything else about other schools. It's always been about Texas and how they take care of you there, how they can make you a better person from the time you walk in the door until the time you leave.”
Stevenson is the ninth verbal commitment the Longhorns have picked up in the 2015 class and the first running back pledge. He joins two other prospects from the Metroplex – Keller offensive lineman Maea Teuhema and Euless Trinity offensive lineman Patrick Vahe – as being Top247 members in the Texas recruiting haul for 2015.
Jones said Stevenson's mother was sending text messages to the South Oak Cliff coaching staff yesterday from inside the Cotton Bowl. The messages were overwhelmingly positive in favor of the Longhorns, who as the designated home team on Saturday were the school responsible for distributing tickets to prospects attending the game.
“She kept saying that Jordan was impressed with what the coaches and the staff showed him on the field,” Jones said. “It must have been something because he was ready to commit to today.”
Jones got a call from Stevenson around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon informing him that he'd like to go ahead and commit to the Longhorns, who offered Stevenson in back in March. After talking with Stevenson about the decision, Jones decided it was time for Stevenson to inform the Texas staff of his wishes to end his recruitment.
“I asked him what his mom said and she told him to go with his heart,” Jones said. “He said it was in his heart to go to Texas. I told him if that's what he really wanted to do and his mom was fine with everything then there was no reason why he should wait.”
Stevenson transferred to South Oak Cliff from Skyline for his junior season. The Bears are 6-0 on the year heading into Thursday night's game against Dallas Carter and Jones, who was the offensive coordinator at Skyline before taking the South Oak Cliff job, said Stevenson has been instrumental in the team's hot start.
“He's been a great asset to the entire South Oak Cliff program,” Jones said. “He's been a player/coach for me because he can touch the team in ways I can't and the coaches can't. We came from the Skyline program and were both fortunate enough to experience a great level of success in that program and he knows what it takes.
“He's the kind of kid who makes your team better because he's helped foster a family atmosphere in the locker room. That's been huge for us.”
On the field Stevenson has rushed for 806 yards on 99 carries and scored seven touchdowns through six ball games. He also have seven catches for 135 yards a touchdown reception.
Jones sees Texas getting a player who can serve multiple roles within the Longhorns offense.
“If you look at Daje Johnson he's got some of that element to his game,” Jones said. “He can play the role of Daje Johnson or Johnathan Gray because he's tough and he can be the power back and run it downhill, or he you can put him in space because he'll hit the home run on people.
“He's really got a full skill set,” he added. “He's got great vision and can cut on a dime. He's a hard worker. You get the full package with him that you don't get with many other guys.”