Jordan's decision to play at PRCC came down to one thing

By CAMAL PETRO,

Dexter Jordan made a surprise announcement early Tuesday morning. The long-time Louisiana-Lafayette signee declared he will not join the Ragin’ Cajuns’ program this fall, but instead he’ll head down the road to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.

“We’re really excited to add Jordan,” PRCC coach Michael Avalon said. “One of the big things about Dexter, to add a guy like him at this stage in the summer is huge. To get a player of his capability just doesn’t happen very often, so we’re thankful that for that.”

For the former Hattiesburg star, the decision came down to one thing. Jordan’s goal is to play professional baseball, and by going the junior college route, he’s able to re-enter the MLB Draft in 2019.

“It was a tough decision for me and my family,” he told PineBeltSPORTS Tuesday. “We had to come down to that decision, and I had to come down to the best decision I had to make. I feel like it’s a good opportunity for me to re-enter the draft.”

In the middle of Day 3 in last month’s MLB Draft, Jordan said on his personal Twitter account that he would attend school instead of signing an MLB contract if he was taken later in the draft. If he went to Lafayette instead of PRCC, he wouldn’t be eligible for the draft again until 2021.

“It was a tough decision,” Jordan said. “I heard a lot and a lot of (MLB teams) had interest. With that decision, you’re changing your life. I hope I can get on somebody’s pro team next year.”

Jordan played nearly all over the field while at Hattiesburg. He played third base, first base, in the outfield and pitched during his prep career. Avalon and Jordan have discussed a plan to help him get ready for the professional level, too.

“We’re going to work him some at second base to see how that works for him there,” Avalon said. “That could potentially help him at the pro level. We know he can play third, he can play the outfield, and we talked to him about working all three of those.

When asked about getting more playing time at PRCC compared to Lafayette, he said that wasn’t a factor.

“I could have played at any program,” he said confidently. “It just came down to the decision about re-entering the draft.”

PRCC went 38-11 overall and 23-5 in conference last season. The Wildcats won their second state title and advanced to the semifinal round of the MACJC Region 23 Tournament.

First baseman Simon Landry was the only PRCC player to be drafted in June’s MLB Draft, and he was drafted in the 22nd round – 674th overall – by the Los Angeles Dodgers. PRCC also had a recruit, Pascagoula’s Joe Garry Jr., drafted as well.

PRCC football offered Jordan last fall, too, but he said he’s sticking with baseball.