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Baldwin's Hoiem impressive at Nike SPARQ Combine
February 3, 2012 - Robert Collias
Baldwin sophomore Jordan Hoiem was a second-team MIL All-Star at linebacker in 2011 and his hit on a Punahou running back who caught a swing pass in the state semifinals — and absolute demolition — showed just how much promise this 6-foot-4, 207-pound prospect has.
Hoiem showed more of that promise last weekend at the Nike SPARQ Football Combine in Honolulu when his total SPARQ score of 88.11 was 11th-best out of 453 athletes at the event and the second best among the class of 2014. Hoiem ran a 4.88-second 40-yard dash, 4.35 in the shuttle run, had a vertical leap of 27.6 inches and had a 39.5 score on the power ball.
Other MIL players in the combine included King Kekaulike freshman Onosai Emelio, 94th overall and 11th-best freshman; Lahainaluna junior Tytus Lucas, 152nd overall; Seabury Hall sophomore Jay Braun, 180th overall; King Kekaulike freshman Joshua Ogata, 247th overall; King Kekaulike junior Joshua Kahaikupuna, 300th overall; and Lahainaluna junior Jake Ryan, 334th overall.
These measurements certainly aren't the be-all, end-all for high school football players, but they are numbers that college recruiters pay attention to. Players who didn't do as well as they wanted can show a LOT to recruiters at every level by improving their marks the next time they do this stuff.
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