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Huff signs to play football for Taylor University

Last Friday at Shenandoah High School, senior Joe Huff (seated) signed a letter of intent to play football for Taylor University beginning this fall. In the back row, left to right, are father Jeff Huff, mother Michelle Huff, and SHS football Head Coach Jordan McCaslin.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

MIDDLETOWN — Shenandoah High School senior Joe Huff has had a fine athletic career in his four years as a Raider and it probably came as no surprise that he has decided to play a sport at the next level.

Last Friday afternoon at the high school, Huff inked a letter of intent to play football for Taylor University beginning this fall.

“I picked Taylor because they’re in the NAIA and are in a really good conference,” Huff said. “I think it’d be cool to beat some of the teams in that conference. The campus also is really nice, and I think it’s the pace for me.”

Huff knows he’s not going to college just to play football, as he has a career objective that he wants to achieve.

“I plan to major in mechanical engineering,” Huff explained. “I’ve always been interested in the field and want to work in it after I graduate from Taylor, hopefully doing something with the design of vehicles.

Huff talked a bit about his expectations about his first season as a college football player.

“My favorite position is corner,” Huff indicated, “as I like to play defense, cover guys, tackle and keep them from making big plays. I think the coaches up there like that about me, and plan to use me at corner.”

Huff also played offense for Shenandoah by running and catching the ball.

“The coaches up there also told me they might use me to return punts and kicks,” Huff said. “That suits me fine. “I think if I work hard and get a little stronger, I’ll be able to have some playing time as a freshman.

Huff got into eight football games his freshman season at Shenandoah in 2014 and had 30 tackles, 16 solo. The Raiders finished 10-4 that year.

In his sophomore season of 2015, Huff had 19 rushing yards and 37 passing yards. He recorded 34 tackles, eight solo, and had three interceptions. Shenandoah finished 7-3 that season.

In Huff’s junior season of 2016, he played a larger role on the team. He had 680 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns, caught 18 passes for 346 yards and had three TDs, had 43 tackles, 24 solo, and recovered one enemy fumble. The Raiders finished 8-3. In the 2017 season as a senior, Huff had 919 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns, and caught 15 passes for 336 yards and five TDs. On defense, Huff had 43 tackles, 22 solo, and intercepted five passes. The Raiders were 9-3 and sectional runner-up.

Huff also has played basketball and baseball for the Raiders, and was on two sectional winning teams the past two seasons.

“I think the thing I remember most about playing at Shenandoah is just playing with my brothers and having a good time with them.” Huff stated. “I think we should’ve won another sectional or two in football, but we just didn’t execute well enough at certain times and didn’t get it done.”

Huff talked about his summer plans.

“I just plan to work out, work, and get ready for Taylor,” Huff added. “Keep an eye on me.”