From the Thumb to the Lakeshore

Jordan Kaufman lead an Ubly team not known for their football prowess to the brink of a state title as a senior. Now committed to GVSU, the athletic Kaufman is ready to take the next step and win a championship.

Grand Valley is again digging deep into Division 7 football and finding gems. Jordan Kaufman was officially offered a scholarship on 1/21 and will be a Laker in the upcoming year.

At 6'3", 185 lbs the former Ubly quarterback has the size and speed to play on either side of the ball at wide receiver or safety. "The coaches said that I will be starting out at safety but I might not end up playing there for four years," Kaufman said.

In the regular season alone, Kaufman racked up 1,123 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, and 557 yards and eight scores through the air. He also had 45 tackles and three interceptions from his safety position.

Kaufman, with the help of another Grand Valley recruit Eric LaBuhn, led Ubly High School to its first ever trip to the state championship against Traverse City St. Francis. When asked about the game Kaufman said, "It was just a different kind of game. The adrenaline in that game was so different compared to any other game I've ever been in. It was just a different atmosphere."

Kaufman was fielding offers from Grand Valley, Northwood and Saginaw Valley State University before deciding to become a Laker. "The facilities and coaching staff at Grand Valley was the deciding factor for me. Grand Valley just has such a great environment."

Another deciding factor was teammate and friend Eric LaBuhn's recent commitment to Grand Valley. Kaufman said, "Yeah me are Eric are really getting excited to get over there. We keep talking about what we are going to need for our room."

Not only did Kaufman take care of things on the field, he worked hard off the field to earn a 3.3 GPA.


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