Levi Jordan signs with UT San Antonio
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Belton's 1st Team All-State football player and Class 5A Region II discus champion, Levi Jordan, has officially accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Texas-San Antonio next fall.
The 18 year old multi-sport athlete signed a letter of intent last week before fellow athletes, friends, coaches and family in a packed athletic field house.
He plans to run track and, academically, he will major in physics or engineering, adding that he still has a little time to decide what he wants to do.
"I like the location...I like San Antonio, it's a nice town and I have a couple of uncles and their families who live down there," he explained. "UTSA has a very good track program that includes the decathlon and I really like the decathlon. That's what I want to do. It's an exciting experience with 10 events over two days...five each day. There's the 100m dash, 1500m run, 400m dash, 110m hurdles, discus, shot put, javelin, high jump, long jump and pole vault. It takes a really committed, determined athlete to be successful at it and I think it's something I can do."
Levi is the youngest of five children and when he leaves for college, the Jordans will be "empty nesters" but both mom and dad are enthused about his decision.
"I think it's awesome...it's a fabulous opportunity," offered Lana Jordan. "We're really excited for him. It's a good school with a great engineering program. We'll probably be making a lot of road trips."
Greg Jordan agreed. "I think it's just great...I'm so proud of Levi and it's a good school," he commented. "We will be going down there every opportunity we have and, of course, the good thing is a lot of their track meets are at UT (in Austin)."
According to head track coach Charles Rice, who works with Jordan in discus, Levi has "worked very hard and deserves this. He's a very good athlete and decathlon will be a very good event for him in college. He qualified in three events for regionals and is going to state. He can do multiple things, so I believe the school did a good job recruiting him and made a good decision signing him. He is strong, quick and very explosive."
Jordan has also excelled in football in several positions.
"Levi played multiple positions for us...receiver, outside and inside, and also an all-state punter. He is very talented and could play in a lot of spots" commented coach David Brewer, Tiger offensive coordinator. "He's really smart and very athletic. You don't get kids like him very often that can play any position. You put them anywhere and they know what to do. Levi will be missed and surely will be successful on the next level."
Jordan began his athletic career at age six with the Cougars T-Ball team that won the state championship. As he grew, Levi took up football, basketball and track as well as baseball...and winning has been a way of life to be expected. He was selected 1st Team All-District 12-5A as both a wide receiver and punter (a unanimous selection) and was also named Class 5A 1st Team All-State as a punter.
Now as the Region II discus champion, he is looking forward to the chance to bring home a second All-State award for the discus. Jordan will compete against "the best of Texas" this weekend at the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Championships in Mike Meyers Stadium in Austin."I'm going to represent Tiger Nation as best I can," he proclaimed.
Then comes summer track and the AAU Junior Olympics before he travels south to pursue his talent and dreams at the next level at the University of Texas-San Antonio.