The University of Texas Longhorn softball team has gained the services of Jacksonville High School corner infielder Jordyn Whitaker.
The 2019 Class 5A all-state (honorable mention) pick made it official early Wednesday afternoon during a signing ceremony that was held at the high school and witnessed by a large group of family members, coaches, friends and student body members.
Whitaker, the District 16-5A Most Valuable Player last year, is one of the leading power hitters in East Texas. She hammered out 14 home runs in 2019 and drove in 49 runs.
Last fall she appeared on Texas' radar after belting seven homers and driving in 18 runs during her travel team's fall campaign.
“I was happy when Texas showed interest in me last fall,” Whitaker explained. “Up until that point I had some other offers, but none from a school that I really wanted to attend.
“I am exciting to be moving from the little town of Jacksonville to play for Texas, it doesn't get much bigger than that at the next level, and I know there will be some pressure on me.”
Whitaker comes from a well known and very large family in Jacksonville.
She went on to say the family element that exists with the Longhorn softball team really resonates well with her.
“I am big on family and Texas seems to focus on family a lot,” Whitaker said. “I know that I will have a good support system there, both with softball and with my classes.”
Texas posted a 46-17 overall record in 2019 and finished 12-6 in the Big XII.
Texas head softball coach Mike White had this to say about Whitaker in a media release: "Jordyn Whitaker is a corner infielder and a power-hitting machine. She hits the ball so hard that it comes off the bat with a force that can only be described as 'explosive.' Jordyn is a solid athlete who can spray the ball around the field and drive it 300-feet thanks to her quick, short stroke."
Whitaker, the daughter of Paul and Michelle Whitaker, has a knack for making softball hitting look easy.
“If I just go up to the plate relaxed, and try not to think too much, I usually can do pretty good,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker, one of six Texas signees, is a member of the Texas Bombers-NTX travel team.
She is coached by Brittney Batten at Jacksonville.