Baldwin linebacker Jordan Hoiem, a 4-star recruit for the University of Oregon, has not only decided to decommit from the Ducks, he’s decided to quit football altogether.
Hoiem is a 6-4, 215-pound senior-to-be at Baldwin.
He was heavily recruited following his sophomore campaign and gave his verbal commitment to Oregon last winter.
But sources say the timing of his recruitment coincided with the death of a close friend.
That and the mounting expectations began to weigh on Hoiem, and his desire to play the game, faded.
In an interview with The Oregonian, Hoiem said “I don’t know whether it was the pressure or the attention or spotlight, but my whole junior season, I was just miserable playing football. I put the pressure on myself. It was hard for me to love life, period. I did it because I knew i wanted to set myself up for the future but I didn’t really love the game. I thought once I committed all this would go away.”
When asked about how his decision would be received, he said, “I know it’s going to attract negative attention, but it’s something people won’t understand…people won’t accept it, but I had to do it because it was something I really didn’t enjoy.”
Hoiem, however, didn’t rule out the possibility of returning to the game down the road saying, “I’m definitely not shutting the door on football completely but right now it’s just not something I’m capable of doing.”