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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
1. 3443 - Jordan Hein
(569-3443) - 2009-12
2. 2425 - Pete Guck (343-2425) - 2001-03
1. 569 - Jordan Hein
(569-3443) - 2009-12
2. 352 - Nathan Schmitz (352-2161) - 2006-08
1. 45 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12
2. 37 - 'Fritz' Hanson - 1928-30
1. 528 - Ben Bucholz
(288-528-12) - 2007-09
2. 491 - Jordan Hein (242-491-18) - 2009-12
1. 288 - Ben Bucholz (288-528-12)
2. 242 - Jordan Hein (242-491-18) - 2009-12
1. 4376 - Ben Bucholz
(288-528-12) - 2007-09
2. 3451 - Jordan Hein (242-491-18) - 2009-12
1. 38 - Ben Bucholz - 2007-09
2. 36 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12
1. 6894 - Jordan Hein
(1060-6894) - 2009-12
2. 4869 - M. Hendrickson (732-4869) - 2005-07
1. 83 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12
2. 49 - Ben Bucholz - 2007-09
49 - M. Hendrickson - 2005-07
offense/game (minimum 5 games)
1. 172.4 - Jordan Hein (40
games) - 2009-12
2. 170.9 - David Brouse (9 games) - 1994-95
1. 3823 - Jordan Hein -
2. 2684 - Chris Grismer - 1997-99
1. 286 - Jordan Hein (47 TD,
2 PAT) - 2009-12 (40 games)
2. 282 - 'Fritz' Hanson (46 TD, 6 PAT) - 1928-30 (22
1. 47 - Jordan Hein (45 rush,
2 ret) - 2009-12 (40 games)
2. 46 - 'Fritz' Hanson (37 rush, 9 ret) - 1928-30 (22