Former Hattiesburg baseball standout Dexter Jordan is taking the junior college route. Jordan, a Louisiana signee, announced Tuesday morning his plan to play at Pearl River Community College this coming season with hopes of entering the 2019 MLB Draft after his freshman year.
“It was a tough decision,” Jordan said. “Lafayette is a great family and a great program. I had to sit down with my family and make a decision on what I was going to do. We made the best decision for my career and family.”
There was belief that Jordan could have been selected in the middle rounds of the 2018 MLB Draft last month. A few teams showed interest later than expected, but instead Jordan opted for college and went undrafted.
Jordan starred four years at Hattiesburg High School from 2015-18. His career in purple and gold culminated this past season as the Tigers won a state baseball championship for the first time since 2006.
Jordan played an assortment of positions at Hattiesburg. When he was not on the mound, he was in the outfield or at third base. The plan is for second base to be his primary spot at Pearl River though.
“I’m going to profile myself different and give them [scouts] a chance to look at me more,” Jordan said. “And get stronger and get a chance to play baseball at each level.”
Jordan will also be playing close to home for at least another year, and that excites him.
“I’ll still be at a good program close to the community that I’m from,” Jordan said. “To the city that I’m from, I get to give them some good baseball and let them know I’m still here.”
The Wildcats are bringing in what is considered to be one of the top recruiting classes in the country for 2018. Now Jordan is a part of it, and he hopes to do accomplish big things in a short amount of time with the group.
“We got some good kids coming in and should have a real good team with a chance to make a run to the Junior College World Series this year.”