AUSTIN — Another domino falls.
There’s nothing small about Southlake Carroll athlete Lil Jordan Humphrey as he committed to Texas today and is the 2nd pledge in three days for the Longhorns as we head down the final stretch for the Class of 2016.
Humphrey chose Texas over Wisconsin, Texas Tech, and Cal. He held offers from Oregon State, Ole Miss, Colorado, Iowa, and Washington among others.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound super athlete played all over the field for Southlake Carroll. His stats show a ridiculous amount of versatility. In 2015, he rushed for 1,292 yards on 184 carries, 14 TDs, while notching 876 yards on 57 grabs, for eight more scores for the Dragons.
His high school career numbers and totals are eye-opening: Over 3,700 yards and 46 TDs on the ground, in addition to 1,231 yards and 11 TDs in the air. He’s one of the most versatile athletes in Texas and at the talent-rich tradition of Southlake Carroll. Humphrey has been a Texas lean for most of his recruitment and he continues the recent positive momentum in the Longhorns’ Class of 2016. He joins former Carroll athletes, Texas-Ex 4-year starter Adam Ulatoski, and RB Tre Newton as Dragons to grace the 40 Acres.
The only problem Texas coach Charlie Strong will have is finding this kid a position. What a problem to have.
His Carroll teammate, Obi Eboh, recently flipped from UT to Stanford, but that didn’t deter LHJ one bit.
Excerpt from Recruiting Notebook (09/15):
Lil Jordan Humphrey, ATH – Southlake Carroll (2016)
How he fits at Texas: Humphrey is a great back at the high school level but a 6-foot-5 frame has a lot of surface area for defenders to target and it’s hard to survive 20 carries a game with this kind of build. However, Humphrey’s change of direction and acceleration that allows him to be an effective back would make him devastating in space as a massive receiver that opposing DBs would struggle to cover up. There’s little question that his athleticism could make him devastating both as a route runner and after the catch, the only major question is whether his hands are good. Limited tape of him catching passes out of the backfield suggests a high level of coordination that should translate to receiver. Humphrey is a project who’d have to adjust his skill set but his athleticism could translate into him becoming a dominant all-around receiver that could move around the field. – Ian Boyd
Coach says: I am trying to figure out how a kid of his stature got placed at running back. Don’t get me wrong though, he is a pretty damn good athlete that moves well in the open field for being 6-foot-5; I just don’t think he has a shot in hell at stick at RB. For me and everyone else, I’m sure he projects as a wide receiver, or if he gets even bigger a flex tight end who could be one heck of a mismatch. I like his desire to get physical. He’ll play earlier at the next level wit that mentality. Running back, wide receiver, or tight end, it really doesn’t matter with LJH.
How this affects Texas: Humphrey is a player that will make Strong earn his money. You find the right spot and you could have an All-American. If you don’t, he might be at the bottom of the WR depth chart. Hitting a growth spurt is usually a good thing for young prospects, but I’m not convinced that’s the case here. He’s an equally skilled basketball player, and those usually transition easier. Find this kid a position. I’m not entirely sold on him yet but I hear Charlie is and that’s good enough for me. – Justin Wells
Humphrey is the 15th commit in the Class of 2016. He joins Eric Cuffee (Waco High), Zach Shackelford (Belton), Jean Delance (North Mesquite), Davion Curtis (Temple), Denzel Okafor (Lewisville), Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound Marcus), Malcolm Roach (Baton Rouge, LA), Peyton Aucoin (Bother Martin, New Orleans), Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – Arlington Bowie), Gerald Wilbon (DL/OL – Destrehan, LA) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer).