OU football: Choctaw's Jordan Mukes could be hidden gem after breakout season
CHOCTAW – If someone were to look at Jordan Mukes' stats through Choctaw's three playoff games, they wouldn't find much.
Then again, the receivers he was covering hardly had any stats, either.
Perhaps no Oklahoma high school prospect had more to prove coming into the season than Mukes, who signed with OU on Wednesday. Yet Mukes did more than just prove he was worthy of his offer.
He went out and became one of the state's best defensive back.
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"He just keeps getting better and better," Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. "His technique, his work ethic keeps getting better. He can shut down anybody when he chooses to."
In Choctaw's three playoff games, which included the Class 6A-II state championship game, Mukes allowed only three receptions. Opposing quarterbacks hardly looked Mukes' way because he was locking down receivers and rarely allowing them to get free.
On the season, he recorded 75 tackles and four interceptions.
Only two years ago, Mukes was playing on Choctaw's JV team. As a junior, he showed promise. This season, he broke out and proved he was among the state's best.
If his growth continues, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound defensive back could be a hidden gem in OU's 2021 signing class.
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