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Memorial’s Jordon Thomas, Maleek Jones sign on with Texas Longhorns, Tarleton State

Memorial standout defensive end Jordon Thomas signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football for the University of Texas.

The senior verbally committed to the Longhorns during the spring, but his name was put to paper at Memorial Stadium, where he has played the last four years for the Titans.

Wednesday was the beginning of the December national signing day period for college recruits.

Thomas had offers from LSU, University of Houston, Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU.

The four-star recruit finished his senior season with 63 tackles, 11 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, two pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

“It is a big blessing,” Thomas said. “I would like to thank God for everything. This is a process that he put out for me and I am just executing everything that he wrote.”

Thomas said his favorite memories playing for the Titans are his field goal block and his first sack against Goose Creek Memorial.

“Ever since my first varsity game, I told myself that I was going to wear this uniform and play on this field and call myself a Memorial Titan,” he said. “I accomplished my goals.”

Memorial safety Maleek Jones signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play college football at Tarleton State next season. (Chris Moore/The News)

Safety Maleek Jones also signed a letter of intent to play for the Tarleton State Texans.

Thomas and Jones were key pieces of the Titans team that completed the first undefeated regular season in school history.

The defense finished as the top-ranked unit in District 9-5A Division I.

Jones finished his senior year with 45 tackles, 10 pass deflections, one interception and one touchdown.

“It feels good,” Jones said. “Finally up. I’m going to miss playing with my class and putting it all on the field for each other.”

Memorial head coach Brian Morgan said he was proud of the two seniors.

“It is great for them to be able to go through that process,” Morgan said. “It’s great for them to get a free education, which is a huge deal. Also, you talk about two guys who went through big-time growth and maturing processes. It didn’t happen over night. Jordon has grown a ton since his freshman year. For Maleek, it finally clicked to him what we all see.”

Morgan said Tarleton State got a “huge steal” by signing Jones.

“He is a really, really good football player,” Morgan said. “It’s kind of a shame that some of the schools closer to here didn’t take the time and evaluate him well. Obviously, Jordon is going to be a stud.”

Tarleton State is a former NCAA Division II program that competes in the Football Championship Subdivision as an independent. The Western Athletic Conference, of which Tarleton is a member, does not sponsor football.

Memorial defensive coordinator Korey Mangum said both guys worked really hard. He hopes the signings further motivate an already talented group that will return next year.

“They already work hard, but this should kick them into another gear,” Mangum said. “They are happy for their teammates. When you get to see someone go off, it’s even better.”