Huff says ‘yes’ to Spartans

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Morgan County’s all-purpose athlete Jordan Huff has just made the Michigan State coaching staff very happy with his commitment to play football for the Spartans in 2019.  The rising senior was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 9-2 record that led to a second straight Region 8-AAA Championship in 2017.

Huff’s numbers speak for themselves.  Playing multiple positions on an offense that set the school record for most points averaged per game at 35.27 points, Huff made an impact in a number of areas.  His 48 receptions at receiver set a school record.  He gained 665 yards receiving and averaged 13.9 yards per catch leading to four touchdowns with his longest being a 47-yarder.  On the ground the junior had 15 carries for 99 yards.  He averaged 6.6 yards, scored four touchdowns (mostly from the wildcat formation), and had a 44 yarder that accounted for the majority of those yards.

Defensively, Huff was a stalwart on one of Morgan’s best units in history.  He led the Dogs with five interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.  Playing multiple positions for Brett Bell’s defense, he was fourth in defensive points with 16 tackles, 33 assists, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two passes broken up and two quarterback sacks.  He’s also an important cog in the number-one ranked Bulldog basketball squad as a guard-forward combo player.

Jordan was quoted on the Land of Ten website.  “It’s just the best place I’ve been,” Huff told Land of 10. “The atmosphere and the coaches and everything just fit me. Whenever I’d go to another school, my dad and I would always compare that to Michigan State. It was always just the school I liked.”

According to the article written by Luke Srodulski for the publication, Huff committed late Christmas day and is the first out-of-state commit in their junior class.  His commitment catapults Michigan State’s 2019 class to the Number 11 spot nationally and number 3 in the Big Ten per the 247Sports composite rankings.  The 3-star prospect has been recruited primarily as a defensive back.

Huff held additional offers from Iowa State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, among others. He has visited Michigan State twice and recently received a visit from Spartans co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman at one of his basketball games.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior ranks 42nd nationally among 2019 athletes and 48th among juniors in Georgia.

Father, Cedric Huff, a MCHS gridiron star himself, commented on his son’s commitment saying, “I’m super excited and proud of Jordan.  He played a good game and smiled the whole time at the Rising Senior Bowl, but I’m more proud of the relationships he made off the field than I am of his play on the field.  What Joe Burns has going on with that whole program is just phenomenal.  His decision was his and I stand by him 100%.  My advice to him was just pray about it and let God lead you.  Nobody can play one snap or go to one class for you.  No matter the distance (to Michigan State), don’t worry.  I’ll get to your games.  He’s a good kid that’s not afraid to be away from home, so that doesn’t bother me one bit.  I just remind him that there is still a ways to go and stay the course.  So, we keep him all prayed up.  As far as the cold, he’ll adapt.  That’s what winners do.”

Mother, Leslie Cooper, was proud of Jordan’s success.  She said, “As a child, Jordan has been a joy from the beginning. He’s always been very active and that allowed him to do other things. He did what he was supposed to do in the classroom, but the field and court have driven him. It’s nice to see how things have played out for him. His grandparents, Larry and Sylvia Jordan, and Sam and Cedric Boswel, are very proud of him as well.  He’s loved basketball since he was three when his grandfather showed him how to shoot.  We love MOCO athletics.  It’s great to be a part of and witness having your children involved in it and to graduate from.  I once saw a picture of Jordan with the caption “MOCO Made” on it.  That pretty much says it all.  We credit whatever success he’s had not just to his family but to the community as well.  He couldn’t be what he is without the kind of coaches and teachers he’s had, but keeping God first in everything is most important.”

The multi-sport star recently played in the Rising Senior Bowl All-Star game.  Huff said, “I played pretty good causing two fumbles and getting a fumble recovery at defensive back.  They also had me returning kickoffs, but those kickers didn’t give us much of a chance at a return kicking it in the end zone every time.  As far as the recruiting process goes, it was a blessing to be in it.  However, it’s always in your face and kind of a hassle.  I was always glad to meet new people.  I took two visits to Michigan State and met with (Head) Coach Dantonio both times.  At some of the other schools I never even met the head coach.  We talked for a long time on both visits, but it wasn’t all about football.  When he found out I played in the band since sixth grade he started telling me about his family.  We even ate dinner together.  Nobody does that.”

The great thing about Jordan Huff is that we all get to watch this top-tier athlete continue to play for the remainder of this year’s basketball season and next year’s football and basketball squads.  We think the best is yet to come.

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