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Takes on Jordan Hoiem's decision going nationwide
July 31, 2013 - Robert Collias
The decision of Baldwin High School's Jordan Hoiem to step away from football as a senior with five scholarship offers (he verbally committed to my alma mater, Oregon, in March) on the table is going wild on college football websites all over the nation.
Here is our story from Tuesday's paper, when we were the first to talk to him after he had informed Oregon coaches of his decision. We are still the only Hawaii news outlet to talk to the young man.
Just a side note, my colleague Kyle Sakamoto took that entire story by dictation over the phone when our internet service was down because of Flossie hitting Central Maui quite hard (no problems at my house in Kihei, btw). Sakamoto is a bulldog.
Here is The (Portland) Oregonian's story, posted a couple hours before our's and prior to Hoiem informing the Oregon coaches.
There are some key differences in the Hoiem's reasons for retiring from the game between this story and what he told me.
Hoiem told me that the death of his friend Noe Ortiz, who died in October and whom Hoiem considered a brother, had nothing to do with Hoiem's decision -- the Oregonian said that was a major part of his decision; and Hoiem told me he is absolutely done with football, while telling the Oregonian that there is a chance he returns.
A couple other highlights from my interview with Hoiem: He plans to turn out for baseball in 2014, his first love in sports; coming from a single-parent home, he cannot afford to pay for college at a place like Oregon, but he wantd to give them enough notice to fill his spot "with a better recruit' (hard to imagine for anyone who has seen Hoiem play that that is possible); and the Oregon coaches made it a lot easier for him than he thought they would, citing concern for him as a person, not as a football player.
Here is a blog take from The Bleacher Report, citing the Oregonian story, with a comment from me thrown in (along with some other really good ones).
And here is the take from SB Nation with a couple Tweets thrown in on the original news (I had this on a blog Monday).
We will stay on this story all the way through, as we have with Hoiem's entire career.
And there's also this: Four days before revealing his decision, Hoiem was named the 2013 Preseason Mr. Football for Hawaii by the Max Preps website.
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