Prep football: Buffalo's Jordan ready for last stampede
INSTITUTE, W.Va. - It looks like Levi Jordan will end his prep sports career the way he began it.
The leading passer in Buffalo High School football history will line up for the South Cardinals on Saturday night as a wide receiver in the North-South All-Star Football Classic at University of Charleston Stadium.
"I played a little bit of wide receiver my freshman year until our quarterback got hurt," Jordan said Monday afternoon during South practice at West Virginia State University.
"I had to fill in as a freshman. It's a good thing to get reps in and get all the rust off of me. Hopefully I can make some good plays out there."
Jordan finished his freshman season of 2009 by completing 47-of-121 passes for 744 yards, five touchdowns and 14 interceptions after taking over for injured starter David Dunn. Jordan matured into one of the state's top passers after his shaky yet promising start, and his senior year he completed 102-of-176 attempts for 1,856 yards, 22 TDs and just six interceptions.
He threw for a total of 6,229 yards, 64 touchdowns and 37 INTs in four seasons as the Bison's starter, leading them to the Class A playoffs three times.
This week he'll compete for playing time at receiver with South standouts such as Riverside's Marcus Reed and Nitro's Ethan Clark. Jordan ran plays with the South's second-team offense Monday afternoon.
Despite his impressive prep resume Jordan was initially overlooked for a spot in Saturday's game. Midland Trail Coach Joe Dean, who will coach the South, chose two-time All-State selection Andrew Johnson of Beckley and Wahama's Trenton Gibbs as his two quarterbacks.
Johnson and Gibbs are well versed in running option schemes, whereas Jordan is more of a traditional drop-back passer who threw vertically more often than either of his teammates.
While some were puzzled by Jordan's initial omission from the roster, the Bison's three-sport standout said he remained patient and waited.
"I was just eating dinner with my family and ended up getting a phone call," Jordan said. "I'd turned in the paper saying that if they needed an alternate I'd join.
"So, I got the phone call and I said, 'Yeah, I'd be more than happy to come down.'"
By playing Saturday night, Jordan will complete a North-South Triple Crown. That is, he will have played in the North-South baseball, basketball and football games. He suited up for the South in the all-star games at Hurricane High School on June 2, and will again wear a red jersey when the South basketball all-stars take on the North on Friday night at the South Charleston Community Center.
Jordan averaged 17.1 points for the Bison basketball team as a senior, leading them to the Class A State Tournament.
"It's a great thing and I'm fortunate enough to do it," Jordan said. "I guess the best thing to do is just give God the glory for giving me options to do these things."
Options are things Jordan has plenty of, even as the middle of June approaches after his senior year. He has still not chosen a college to attend in the fall, although he said Monday that the picture is becoming clearer.
He said he intends to continue his football career for as long as possible.
"I've been asked to walk on at WVU, so I think I'm going to go ahead and do that," he said.
For now, Jordan said he'd be happy to end his high school career the way he spent so many of them.
"I like to go out and be a playmaker, you know? Just want to go out and do what I did the rest of my high school career," he said.
Kickoff for the game is at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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