Jordan Waiwaiole Gets Early Recruiting Looks

Jordan Waiwaiole, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Spring Lake Park (MN) High, has attracted the attention of several Division I schools, including Minnesota. Waiwaiole was the North Suburban Conference Most Valuable Defensive Player after finishing with 12 sacks and 78 tackles as a junior. GoldenSports.Net caught up with his head coach Jeff Schlieff to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Jordan Waiwaiole helped lead Spring Lake Park to a 9-1 mark this past season. He also finished with 42 carries for 218 yards (5.2 yards per carry).

Waiwaiole had 33 solo tackles and 36 assists with four sacks as a sophomore as the Panthers, finished 9-2, losing to Totino Grace in the Class 4AAAA section finals.

Jeff Schlieff said that he is receiving mail from plenty of school about his talented junior.

"I have mail in front of me from Iowa, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton and Minnesota. The biggest envelope is from Minnesota, if that means anything."

The letter from Minnesota was an invitation to the Gophers' seniors day this Saturday. Schlieff said that Minnesota has gotten involved in his recruitment.

"We sent them a copy of his tape."

Schlieff said that Waiwaiole uses his strengths well as a defensive end.

"His strength is his speed. He is very explosive in the hips. He has such a burst. He runs a 4.4 40-yard dash."

Schlieff said that Waiwaiole is continuing to work hard to improve.

"He lifts three times a week and often is running at seven in the morning. He is such a fast runner that he can get away with things. With his speed, he might end up being a linebacker. Running play downs, he is one of the best. He is darn good against the run, but if a team uses a tackle and tight end, he needs to improve on that since he does not have the bulk."

Schlieff expects Waiwaiole to be more of a focus on the offensive end this upcoming season.

"He might start at running back this upcoming season because he is so fast. We used him in short yardage and goal line situations last year and he averaged five yards, running mostly on third-and-one plays. He has not practiced much at running back and runs straight up, but has been effective at running back."

Schlieff said that several schools have stopped by to learn more about Waiwaiole.

"Iowa State was the first school to stop by. North Dakota State and Wisconsin have also been to the school."

Waiwaiole is also a standout on the track and field team. He finished first in the triple jump (42' 11 ¾"), second in the shot (48' 11") and third in the discus (147' 1 ½") last year.

Waiwaiole finished first in the triple jump (40' 11 ¼") and third in the discus (133' 10") as a sophomore.

Waiwaiole also plays on the Spring Lake Park basketball team that is off to a 17-6 start.

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