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.