The Saints made their playoff run without one of their star players, junior running back Jordan Huff, who suffered a severe knee injury in game eight against Gulf Shores.
"I tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus," Huff explained. "I had surgery a few weeks ago, and I feel fine. They took me off crutches, and I'm walking fine. I'm doing rehab every day after school just trying to recover fast and get back. They said that I'd be 100 percent come January and running track in the spring."
At the time of the injury, Huff had 962 yards and 15 touchdowns and more than 4,000 career rushing yards. St. Paul's only regular season loss was in week five to Fairhope, one of the top teams in 6A. St. Paul's rebounded the next week to beat the eventual 5A runner-up Vigor, 10-8.
Huff, who will be one of the best running back prospects in the state for 2013, is a powerful back, and he also has speed to burn as he runs track in high school.
"Usually I do the long jump, 4x100, 100 and 200," he said. "This year since they don't want me jumping because of the injury so I'll probably do the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400."
In Huff's place at running back 2013 speedster Kylen Towner filled in as well as Ostin McPherson, a name that will be mentioned more in more over the coming years. McPherson played as just an eighth grader and is bound to be a big-time prospect in 2016.
"He'll probably be filling in for me during the spring," Huff said of McPherson, "and come fall I'll be back at my position. They said that they're going to hold me out of spring ball because they know what I can do. They're going to get me ready for camps during the summer and the first game come fall."
Huff doesn't have any collegiate offers yet, but he should have plenty to choose from by February 2013.
"My top would probably Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Clemson and Florida State," Huff explained. "I'm hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oregon, Clemson, and pretty much some schools in the South.
"I don't have any offers yet, but I've talked to Coach Craig (Florida State quarterback coach Dameyune Craig) and he's looking forward to me getting down to Florida State and meet Coach Fisher (head coach Jimbo Fisher)," Huff continued. "He said that they're looking to offer me. He said that they haven't offered me because I haven't met any of the coaches or visited the campus or anything, but once I do that I'll be good to go."
So far Huff has visited Auburn several times, LSU and Alabama. His latest visit to Auburn was for the Iron Bowl.
"I've been twice since my freshman year for games, but I tend to come up for camps or to come talk to Coach Luper (running backs coach Curtis Luper) or something like that," Huff said of Auburn. "We talk a good bit. We're not as close as we could be, but we're getting there. They haven't offered yet, but we talk about it."
Huff was in town with teammate 2014 linebacker/safety Tre Williams, another young star on St. Paul's. Both Huff and Williams said they enjoyed their time at the game.
"Well was the Iron Bowl," Huff noted. "The atmosphere was very energetic. Everybody was just glad to be out here. Auburn fans were going crazy and showing the team some serious love. They just wanted to come out and beat Alabama.
"The game was actually closer than I thought it was going to be for a while," Huff noted. "When they returned that kickoff back for a touchdown I thought they were really going to give Alabama a run for their money. It seemed like Alabama really separated after that and kept on going."