Despite not having a head coach, the University of Wisconsin football team landed a major recruit on Thursday.

Jordan Stevenson, a highly regarded running back from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, committed to the Badgers less than 24 hours after the shocking announcement that Gary Andersen had left UW for Oregon State.

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Stevenson had originally committed to Texas before changing his mind. He is rated a four-star prospect by both and

Stevenson announced the news on Twitter, saying “It’s official I’m truly blessed badger up.”

“I really had to let the process work itself out and (it) has been a lot of stress on me the past couple of months,” Stevenson told

“I was really ready to turn over to God and believe he would lead me into the right direction where it is best for me. Things were starting to decrease with Texas the past couple of months. I felt like the time was right and had the strength to go ahead and follow my heart.”

While it’s unclear how many UW assistants will follow Andersen to Oregon State, some of them are still on the road recruiting on the Badgers’ behalf.

Stevenson told BadgerNation he met with UW assistant coach Bill Busch on Thursday morning.

“He told me that I couldn’t go wrong with Wisconsin and everything was a family atmosphere over there,” Stevenson said. “They love me in Wisconsin and they want me to be their back for the 2015 season.”

Stevenson also said he spoke with UW athletic director Barry Alvarez.

“He was really happy,” Stevenson said. “He just said get ready for Alabama (UW’s season opener next season).”


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