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Monday, December 17, 2012
Jordan Hein makes verbal commitment to Northern Iowa

The long trip down the recruiting trail for Perham’s Jordan Hein is finally over.  Arguably the most highly recruited athlete in the history of PHS athletics has made his decision.

Hein will be taking his talents to the University of Northern Iowa to play football for the Panthers.

“I chose UNI because out of all the colleges, they recruited me the hardest,” Hein said.  “They cared about me as a person not just a football player.  I really like the coaching staff and players, they have a winning tradition, and they believe I will help contribute to it.”

It helped that UNI, a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference at the Division I, FCS level, recruited Hein to play quarterback.  Something not all of the bigger school’s after him were committing to.

He’s especially excited to work with Mario Verduzco, the Co-Offensive Coordinator and QBs coach.

“He takes a real scientific approach to things and has such attention to detail,” Hein said.  “I’m sure all colleges at this level have guys like that, but I really liked coach Verduzco.”

UNI (www.unipanthers.com) has approximately 13,000 students, and is located on the west side of the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area in northeast Iowa.  The Panthers were 5-6 in 2012 (4-4 MVC) and played the Big-10’s Wisconsin and Iowa to close losses.

UNI head coach Mark Farley (UNI, ’86) just finished his 12th season at the helm of the Panther sideline. Farley has posted a mark of 104-46, which includes seven trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Farley has notched a record of 64-24 in MVFC play, which ranks him No. 1 on the all-time league wins chart.  Overall, the Panthers have been present in 16 playoffs, seven semifinals and one championship game.

UNI had seven players participating in NFL camps during the 2012 preseason including, Brandon Keith, Ryan Mahaffey, Chad Rinehart, Austin Howard, L.J. Fort, Austin Wells and Brad Meester.

“Coach Farley was great when I got to meet him,” Hein said.  “I can’t wait to play for him.”

Hein’s other top options included NDSU, South Dakota St., Montana St., UND, and a couple Division-II schools. 
His older brother, Jesse, just completed his redshirt freshman season at Bemidji St.

Hein admits his heart has always been with North Dakota St., who have risen to prominence with a FCS Championship last season and another trip to the title game this season.

“I’ve been an NDSU fan since I was a little kid,” Hein said.  “My dad and I.  Mom and Jesse were UND fans.  My mom went to UND.  But dad and I were Bison fans.  I would have loved to have worn green and gold, but it didn’t work out.  I’m pretty excited to be going to UNI.”

The recruiting process started him the summer following his 10th grade year, so he’s gotten used to the process, which was eye-opening at times, but mostly provided good memories.

“It's been a roller coaster ride,” he said of being recruited.  “It honesty was a lot of fun.  I loved visiting all the schools and seeing how every school was unique in its own way.”

Hein said it got a little hectic during this past season, with him on the phone almost every night of the week talking to coaches.

“It was tough fitting all of that in with school, homework, sports, and even time with your friends,” Hein said.  “But all in all it was very enjoyable and a lot of fun.”

The process, at times, had an ebb-and-flow to it.  Different schools making pushes in different ways, at different times, and was pleasantly surprised by meeting a few coaches from schools that weren’t on his radar.

“UNI will give me the best opportunity to reach my full potential,” Hein said of his final decision.  “They will make me the best person and best football player possible.”


He was very appreciative of the coaches and the Perham football program that got him to this point.

“The coaches at Perham have been great to me,” Hein said.  “Coach (Mike) Jordahl has been there for me from Day 1 with recruiting, and has been there to answer all of my questions. He is more then just a coach to me, he is a great man. I have known him since I was a toddler, he was a teacher of mine, and I would consider him a father figure.”

Under Jordahl, Hein rewrote the PHS record book.  A list of his accomplishments is at the end of the story.

“I'm ready to enjoy the rest of my senior season of basketball and baseball,” Hein said.  “But once the summer starts it's nothing but business. College football is a man’s game, and even of you were the star in high school, you go back to square 1 in college.  It's those that can handle hard work and can push themselves everyday that will succeed at the collegiate level.”

That work will actually begin in the spring when he sign’s his National Letter of Intent.  Then he’ll get his playbook.  Following that will be the tests. 

Yes, he’ll be tested on his playbook.  He said the 1st one will be open book, but he’s have to know his stuff after that.

Hein will have big shoes to fill when he get’s his chance.  He will not dress as a redshirt player next season.

UNI Redshirt freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen finished second in the voting for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award. Kollmorgen finished second to John Robertson of Villanova.

Kollmorgen finished the voting process with 25 first place votes and 34 second place votes. He became the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in UNI history. He finished the season 185 for 313 passing with 21 touchdowns and 2,460 yards.

The Jenks, Okla. Native finished second in the conference in total offense averaging 228.4 yards per game and in passing average per game with 222.7. Kollmorgen passed for over 200 yards in nine games this season including a season high 333 yards against Youngstown State.

Kollmorgen led the MVFC in touchdown passes with 21 and passing efficiency with a 141.88 rating. Kollmorgen tallied four games with three touchdown passes, including his collegiate debut at Wisconsin where he threw for 265 yards against the Big Ten's Badgers.

Throughout the season, Kollmorgen was a two-time MVFC Newcomer of the week honoree and was named the MVFC Freshman and Newcomer of the year.

He is undecided on what he want’s to major in.

“I have thought of a handful of things,” Hein said.  “But the nice thing about UNI is they have over 90 majors, so I definitely have a variety of things to choose from.”

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Jordan Hein’s Career Stats:

Rushing yards

  1. 3443 - Jordan Hein (569-3443) - 2009-12

  2. 2425 - Pete Guck (343-2425) - 2001-03

Rushing attempts

  1. 569 - Jordan Hein (569-3443) - 2009-12

  2. 352 - Nathan Schmitz (352-2161) - 2006-08

Rushing TDs

  1. 45 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12

  2. 37 - 'Fritz' Hanson - 1928-30

Pass attempts

  1. 528 - Ben Bucholz (288-528-12) - 2007-09

  2. 491 - Jordan Hein (242-491-18) - 2009-12

Pass completions

  1. 288 - Ben Bucholz (288-528-12) - 2007-09

  2. 242 - Jordan Hein (242-491-18) - 2009-12

Passing yards

  1. 4376 - Ben Bucholz (288-528-12) - 2007-09

  2. 3451 - Jordan Hein (242-491-18) - 2009-12

Passing TDs

  1. 38 - Ben Bucholz - 2007-09

  2. 36 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12

Total offense yards

  1. 6894 - Jordan Hein (1060-6894) - 2009-12

  2. 4869 - M. Hendrickson (732-4869) - 2005-07

TDs responsible for

  1. 83 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12

  2. 49 - Ben Bucholz - 2007-09

      49 - M. Hendrickson - 2005-07

Total offense/game (minimum 5 games)

  1. 172.4 - Jordan Hein (40 games) - 2009-12

  2. 170.9 - David Brouse (9 games) - 1994-95

All purpose yards

  1. 3823 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12

  2. 2684 - Chris Grismer - 1997-99

Total points scored

  1. 286 - Jordan Hein (47 TD, 2 PAT) - 2009-12 (40 games)

  2. 282 - 'Fritz' Hanson (46 TD, 6 PAT) - 1928-30 (22 games)

Touchdowns scored

  1. 47 - Jordan Hein (45 rush, 2 ret) - 2009-12 (40 games)

  2. 46 - 'Fritz' Hanson (37 rush, 9 ret) - 1928-30 (22 games)

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