By Caroline Schlabach
Morgan County High School cornerback Jordan Huff is suddenly becoming one of the state’s most recruited players.
Huff, a rising senior in the Class of 2019, officially de-committed from Michigan State this month and is now faced with a difficult decision. Huff has received scholarship offers from a dozen NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision programs and coaches from at least three others are recruiting him.
Huff committed to the Spartans on Christmas Day 2017, but now says he wants to play closer to home. Two of the Michigan State coaches who were recruiting him left for Florida State this past winter.
Huff says his current top five schools are Tennessee, Louisiana State University, Louisville, Alabama and Georgia Tech. His other scholarship offers are from Appalachian State, Iowa State, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Arkansas, according to Rivals.com.
Huff, 6 feet, 1 inch and 185 pounds, played both offense and defense for the Bulldogs last season. Most schools are recruiting him to play cornerback in college, and he said that is the position he prefers to play.
Scout.com ranks Huff as the No. 37 athlete in the country and the No. 47 player in Georgia; Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 33 cornerback in the country and the No. 51 prospect in the state.
Rusty Mansell, national recruiting director for Scout.com, said Huff’s height is a big reason he is being heavily recruited.
“In today’s college football, everybody wants length, and he definitely has that,” Mansell said. “He’s a pretty good athlete, but the thing you notice about him is his length and ability to play multiple positions at safety and cornerback. I think that’s why he’s become such a hot commodity here lately.”
Morgan County High coach Bill Malone said Huff’s speed and shiftiness help him at defensive back. Huff needs to get bigger and stronger before college, according to Malone.
“Jordan has to learn to love the weight room,” Malone said. “As soon as he begins to work out with a desire to improve, he will see his performance skyrocket.”
Mansell said Huff’s intangibles might end up helping him in recruiting as much as his athletic skills. Huff said he scored 1,290 on his first SAT attempt. Ivy League school Yale, which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, is recruiting Huff as well.
“I think you start talking about intangibles with him because he is such a high academic kid,” Mansell said. “He is going to be a very coachable player, and he is the kind of kid you are going to want hosting official visits and being around families. I think he has a high ceiling on and off the field.”
Huff said each school in his top five has a different attribute that he likes. In regards to Alabama and LSU, he says that the coaching staffs at both schools stand out to him. Georgia Tech is high on his list because it is close to home and it has the best academic reputation. Huff said that he likes the size of Louisville’s campus and its urban atmosphere.
Tennessee is also high on his list and he has strong family ties to the Volunteers. His cousin, Dale Carter, played for the Volunteers in 1990 and ’91 and was an All-American kicker returner and cornerback. Carter’s son, Nigel Warrior, is a junior safety at UT and started 12 games last season.
Huff has visited Tennessee, Louisville, and Georgia Tech, and he plans to visit Alabama and LSU in the near future. University Of Georgia coach Kirby Smart watched Huff practice basketball this past winter, but the Bulldogs have yet to offer him a scholarship.
Huff said he plans to make a decision before Morgan County High School’s season opener against Loganville High on Aug. 17. He said he wants to be able to focus on his senior season.
“I plan to finish out my senior year with my teammates and make the best of the season,” said Huff. For action shots, see page B2.