Another member of this past year’s 3A state champion Blacksburg High School football team will continue his playing career on the collegiate level. Jordan Shockley, a 5-8, 150 pound defensive back, is headed to Bluefield College.
He announced his intentions last week during a signing with the school. Shockley said he chose Bluefield because it was the best fit for him.
“It’s also not too far from home, so I would still be close to my family, and I really like the coaches. The new head coach is from Christiansburg, and I feel like there is a good chemistry between us,” he said.
Shockley finished this past season with 66 tackles and four interceptions for the Bruins who reeled off six straight wins enroute the state championship.
He also earned all-conference recognition as a junior in the 100 meters and high jump, all while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0. He plans to major in information technology at Bluefield.
Looking back, Shockley said this past football season at Blacksburg was amazing.
The feeling that I had when we won that state title was one of the best feelings in life. You feel like you accomplished your ultimate goal that you set from day one of preparation. In the end, you realize that all the hard work you put in long before the season starts and all the blood sweat and tears that you shed was worth it,” he said.
“The feeling that I had when we won that state title was one of the best feelings in life. You feel like you accomplished your ultimate goal that you set from day one of preparation. In the end, you realize that all the hard work you put in long before the season starts and all the blood sweat and tears that you shed was worth it,” he said.
Shockley will be the first person in his family to play football on the college level, and is very thankful for the support he has received from his parents. He is the son of Everett and Teresa Shockley of Blacksburg.
Bluefield is a member of the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference and has a familiar face as head coach.
Dewey Lusk became Bluefield’s new head coach earlier this year and comes from Webber International University (Babson Park, Florida) where he served as offensive coordinator during the 2016 season.
From 2011-15 Lusk was head coach at UVA-Wise where he helped guide the Highland Cavaliers in the transition from an NAIA program to an NCAA Division II school. He was associate head coach and offensive coordinator at UVA-Wise from 2005-10.
During his stint as the offensive coordinator, Lusk helped UVa-Wise become one of the most vaunted offensive juggernauts in NAIA football. In 2008, the Cavalier offense finished fourth in the NAIA in scoring offense (41.4 ppg) while finishing second in the nation in pass efficiency (174.9) and total offense (477.5 yds./gm).
Lusk was offensive coordinator at Emory & Henry College from 1991-2005 and from 1992-2004, he was also head baseball coach at E&H. He was an assistant at Abingdon High School (1990-91), Gardner-Webb University (1987-90) and a graduate assistant at Gardner-Webb (1985-87), and is a native of Christiansburg and a graduate of Christiansburg High School.