The 2019 recruiting cycle is going to be insane. The state of Mississippi has 14 four-stars right now per 247Sports composite rankings and with the early signing period, you can best believe Matt Luke and Co. are wanting to get folks in the boat early and often.
Well, a week after 2018 National Signing Day, Luke and his staff have wasted little time to add to this year’s class. After receiving verbal confirmation that they will return to the signing class after a stint at junior college, former commits Jamar Richardson, JaVonta Payton, and Tariqious Tisdale have re-committed. And now, the class sits at seven commits and 5th nationally.
Well, make it eight commits.
Jalen Jordan, a cornerback from Lake Cormorant, Miss. and Lake Cormorant High School received an offer from Luke two days before NSD and wasted little time, committing to the Rebs Monday morning after an unofficial visit with his family on Sunday.
Despite being an unranked cornerback for now, Jordan is receiving interest from Alabama, Memphis, and Mississippi State and seems poised to get bigger and bigger throughout this cycle. This is a testament to the staff’s research and hustle on the trail finding Jordan before others. This in-state class is deep and will only get better with the camp circuit coming up and Ole Miss will get a closer look at them all at their much anticipated Junior Day in March.
How does he fit in?
The Rebels will lose Ken Webster, Javien Hamilton, and most likely Jaylon Jones if he has the season he wants at corner. Jordan will join a room that welcomes JaKorey Hawkins and Keidron Smith from the 2018 class and needs depth desperately. D.D. Bowie played a good bit but is still settling in on defense and Cam Ordway is still trying to find a way into the starting lineup.
Jordan is an explosive athlete who does it all for the Lake Cormorant Gators. As a junior, he collected 141(!) total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight passes defended, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. On offense, he was even better. The 5’10, 175-pounder amassed 1,687 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns. His home at the next level is defense but it doesn’t hurt to add a multi-faceted playmaker who could contribute on special teams in the return game or even on offense in the slot.