Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Lake Dallas standout running back Dontonio Jordan commits to Stanford
Dontonio Jordan wanted his college experience to take him to a new part of the country. It wasn't until recently that Palo Alto, Calif., started to feel like home.
The Lake Dallas running back verbally committed to Stanford on Friday, almost two weeks after visiting the school. And he said that despite a wave of late interest from Division I schools this spring, he intends to honor that pledge.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a recruit from the Class of 2012 can sign a letter of intent is Feb. 1.
Jordan, ranked No. 58 in HSGameTime's Dallas-area recruiting rankings, said Stanford was one of the first major schools to offer him a scholarship, and following a visit with players and coaches there on May 14, he and his family felt comfortable with the decision.
“They just seemed like they were part of my family,” Jordan said. “They had a good vibe with me and the people who went with me.”
Jordan also visited Kansas and said Michigan State was another of his top choices. He also received offers from Duke, North Texas and a handful of other Division I programs, most of them coming within the past few weeks.
Stanford recruited Jordan (5-11, 185) as a receiver, although he said other schools wanted him to play running back, where he will start this fall.
Jordan said he still intends to take some official visits, but is happy the recruiting process for him has ended, allowing him to focus on 7-on-7 this summer and returning Lake Dallas to the playoffs this fall.
“I got to relieve a lot of stress, and I feel it's the right decision,” Jordan said. “Right now, my focus in on my team.”
The Falcons are moving Jordan to running back, a position he hasn't played since his freshman season. He spent the past two years at receiver, where he led Lake Dallas with 32 catches for 378 yards and six touchdowns as a junior in 2010.
Jordan also was third on the team in rushing with 63 carries for 433 yards and six scores, and had 12 total touchdowns to lead the Falcons, who finished 5-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
“I haven't had a chance to really showcase what I can do at running back since my freshman year,” Jordan said. “I'm really looking forward to that.”
Stanford had a breakthrough season in 2010, finishing with a 12-1 record that culminated in a 40-12 thrashing of Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh left after the season to take over the San Francisco 49ers, turning the reins over to offensive coordinator David Shaw, who will begin his first season as a head coach this fall for the Cardinal.
Jordan said he also chose Stanford for its academic reputation. He plans to pursue a degree in communications.
“He's worked really hard to get to where he is academically,” said Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young. “He runs good routes and catches the ball. He's the complete package. For them, he's a good fit.”
Stanford has more than a dozen Texans on its current roster, including quarterback Andrew Luck from Houston and former Guyer offensive lineman Cole Underwood.
“It's a real nice area,” Jordan said of Palo Alto, located about 30 miles south of San Francisco. “I want to get out of Texas and see something different. Palo Alto is a great place to do that. It's a good opportunity for me.”
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