- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
SPANISH FORT, Ala. -- Senior running back Jordan Huff (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s) suffered a torn ACL a year ago that cut his season short. Most colleges backed off after the injury. He had to prove he was the same player he was before he got hurt.
After a slow start to his senior campaign, Huff showed everybody he was back on Friday night with a breakout performance against Class 5A rival Spanish Fort High School. Huff carried the ball 19 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints won 31-21.
“I knew coming into this season, everybody was doubting me,” he said. “They didn’t know how I would come back or whatever. I knew I had to show them what I could do, that I was back and better than I was when I first got hurt. I think I proved that tonight.
“This is kind of my coming-out game, my make-or-break game. It feels pretty good. I just know I have to get better and better each and every week and just keep on progressing. I think we really improved tonight as a team, overall.”
St. Paul’s coach Steve Mask knew his team needed Huff to deliver if they wanted to knock off the Toros, who were undefeated before the game.
“We needed him,” Mask said. “We told him all week, now was the time. We knew he had to really play well for us to get the win, and I think he had some tremendous runs. He ran for some tough yards.”
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound back remains wide open with recruiting. He says he’s hearing from schools such as Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon and Purdue. He attended an LSU game earlier this year.
On Friday, Minnesota sent an assistant coach to see his game. The Golden Gophers haven’t offered a scholarship yet, but they remain interested.
“They say it’s between me and two or three other backs,” Huff said. “They wanted to see how I was tonight, and they’re starting to re-evaluate me and everything from this year’s film. They say they’re only taking one back, so hopefully, I’m that back.”
Huff doesn’t think the distance to Minneapolis or the cold weather will be a deterrent.
“I’ve got to go anywhere that’s willing to pay for my tuition,” he said.