Hoiem holding strong

Despite facing plenty of adversity during the junior season he expected would be his break out year, Hawaiian native Jordan Hoiem still has his sights set on a strong collegiate career.

MADISON — Jordan Hoiem envisioned his junior season being a breakout year. However, a nagging injury and a major tragedy struck the Wailuku (HI.) Baldwin's household leaving his season in doubt.

None of this stopped the junior outside linebacker and he strived to come back and also dedicate his junior season to his older brother, Noe.

"I first got turf toe before the season began, but kept playing," Hoiem said. "My foot eventually fractured from running on it weird, so that kept me out the first six games. I got to come back and play the last four games, which I performed in very well and now I'm fully recovered. I don't like to judge myself on how I played because I always know I could have done better. My coaches don't keep stats sadly, but I was doing good, then my older brother committed suicide a couple days after my first game back. Not using that it is an excuse, but it was just hard to overcome and my head wasn't straight after that happened. I just played for him. My games were just more emotional after that.

"Noe was my older brother, but he was my biggest fan. Noe was there to train with me and helped me reach my goals. He was a big part of who I am as a person and a football player. I never really told him thank you for helping me out. I felt I owed him to play my heart out and I did. Now, I've been able to except what has happened. I'm back on track and training how me and him used to do just by myself this time."

The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Hoiem — a three star recruit ranked the No. 10 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com — already holds offers from Utah, Utah State, UNLV and Hawaii has a strong relationship with Wisconisn head coach Gary Andersen and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'ha'a when they were recruiting him earlier. Hoiem also has a connection with Kau'ha'aha'a as he previously attended and coached at Baldwin High School in Hawaii.

"Recruiting is going good," Hoiem said. "I got some offers and I'm interested in any school that is interested in me. Right now, I'm just keeping my options open.

"I met Coach Chad at a camp in Oregon and I know he was a coach at my high school years back. He was really nice to me when he offered me from Utah and I know he takes care of his Maui boys. Coach Andersen also offered me from Utah State, but I didn't get to talk to him much though. I know both are really great coaches and I love their intensity they bring on the field."

With the presence of Kauha'aha'a on staff with his Hawaiian roots, there seems to be a comfort feeling among the prospects from the state regarding Wisconsin. For Hoiem, an offer from the Badgers would be an honor.

"That would be another accomplishment and a blessing to be offered by Wisconsin," Hoiem said. "They would be another school to research and consider. I have seen them play a couple of times on T.V. and was impressed."

Living on the island and going to the mainland can be a big change regarding distance and weather especially you are talking about temperate Wisconsin, but Hoiem looks at it more as an great opportunity and would actually prefer some cold weather. As for when the Hawaiian will be touring the nation, don't look for it to come anytime soon.

"I don't think distance will be a factor for me," Hoiem said. "I've always wanted to live somewhere where it gets really cold, so I think I'll be in pretty good shape. It never gets cold over here, so I wouldn't mind it for a couple of years. I'm not visiting any schools anytime soon. I maybe will visit some schools in the summer, though."

Many on the island play football with a continuous motor and high intensity, but Hoiem feels his tackling ability is the highlight of his game. However, he knows there are still areas he can improve upon.

"I would say my tackling is my strength," Hoiem said. "I try to make every tackle a sure tackle. I need to work on using my hands more aggressively when it comes to coming in contact with linemen."

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