New DCTF three-star Jacob Jordan still grinding like he has zero stars

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There’s a lot of outside noise that comes with the territory Jacob Jordan finds himself in as the No.1 wide receiver for Southlake Carroll, a program that’s compiled a 65–5 record over the past five years. But Jordan insists on blocking it all out.

“I’m just focused on playing football and playing the game I love,” Jordan said. “Attacking every day like I have zero offers and zero stars.”

He may hustle like a zero-star, but the 5-foot-9-inch receiver’s work ethic just earned him a  DCTF three-star rating.

He was named District 4-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore and got even better in 2022, posting 1,202 yards and 16 touchdowns on an explosive 18.78 yards per catch. Now, Jordan holds offers from Texas Tech, North Texas and Tulsa. 

And he did all of this despite Southlake having to play their backup quarterback the majority of their 13–1 season. After senior starter Kaden Anderson sustained a season ending knee injury in early October, 6-foot-7-inch backup Graham Knowles stepped up admirably. The junior tossed 18 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Now with spring football and the 7-on-7 circuit under their belt, Jordan expects another monster year with Knowles at the helm full-time.  

“He’s grown tremendously,” Jordan said. “He did a great job stepping in midseason unexpectedly with Kaden going down. He’s really stepped into that leadership role as a quarterback and we’re heading in the right direction.”

It helps that the Dragons return their top three receivers as well, along with junior tight end Jack VanDorselaer. At 6-feet-5-inches, VanDorselaer already has offers to Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and TCU, and provides Southlake with a bruising counterpart to Jordan’s speedy route running.

Jordan has official visits set up this summer with Tulsa and North Texas, but right now he’s focused on leading Southlake to their first state championship ring since 2011.

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