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Jordan Wiedemann from Wichita Northwest had a big sophomore season and was expecting even bigger things as a junior. Unfortunately, he suffered an ACL tear last spring which required reconstructive surgery limiting his action in 2010. Now Wiedemann is showing out at spring camps hoping to leave a lasting impression on college recruiters and prepping for a big senior season.

"At the FBU [Football University] camp in Dallas, I was the No. 1 rated quarterback from my area," said Jordan Wiedemann. "I was invited to compete in the prestigious Top Gun Camp in Williamsburg, Virginia July 21st."

After missing the first five games, Wiedemann, came back to help his team go from 1-4 to 6-4 and make the 6A playoffs. Although he missed half the season he still led the city in passing and was named 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-City for the second straight year.

"I started out iffy, but got back into the swing of things," Wiedemann said of his junior season. "We run an ‘Oregon offense' with a lot of zone reads. I'm very comfortable in the pocket, but like to roll out. I feel like I do a good job of keeping the play alive."

Wiedemann, 6-2.5, 185, says he's back to 100-percent and more. At a combine prior to his injury, he was at a 26" vertical and 4.6 40. In January, at the U.S. Army combine, he recorded a 30" vertical and 4.5 40 time.

"My junior film is limited," said Wiedemann. "Coaches are looking to see how I recovered. I can say I feel stronger now than I've ever felt. I'm doing a lot of lifting, speed training, and throwing 100 balls a day to wide receivers at my school."

Wiedemann is hoping these results will pay big dividends with some offers. In the summer he plans on visiting 20 prospective universities. He's already made numerous trips to in-state Kansas State and Kansas.

"During the season I went to 3-4 games at K-State," said Wiedemann. "We got to meet the coaches, tour the facilities, and go on the sideline during warmups to talk to the players.

"I'm going back on April 30th for their spring game. I love it there. Manhattan is huge about their football. They have a great tradition, excellent community support, and a close, family environment. It would be fun to play there for Coach Snyder."

Wiedemann played his freshman season in Notre Dame country at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN. His family moved to Wichita where he played quarterback and free safety as a sophomore. Last year, he played solely quarterback, but plans returning to defense this season. Some schools are looking at Wiedemann as a defensive back, and that's OK with him.

"I'll do whatever it takes," said Wiedemann of his future college position. "Academics are most important to me. I'd like to be an orthopedic surgeon. I want to be in a program where I relate well with the coaches and that offers good community support and nice facilities."

The Kansas State roster features two former Northwest Grizzlies in Chris Harper and Demarcus Robinson. Wiedemann feels this year's group is capable of big things.

"We have 32 seniors and 18 returning starters, so I think we can make a strong run at a state championship," said Wiedemann. "I'd like to be committed somewhere before the season starts so that will be my main focus. My personal goal is to make All-State both at quarterback and on defense."

Wiedemann comes from an athletic family. His mother, Gina, played softball at Wichita State and his father, Todd, played football at Dodge City Community College. He reports a 3.7 GPA and a 24 in his first taking of the ACT. He wears No. 7 as the Northwest Grizzlies quarterback.

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