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Zach Osterman of 247Sports.com is reporting that Indiana has received a commitment from Jordan Heiderman, a defensive tackle from Iowa Western Community College. More to come.
UPDATE: Jordan Heiderman, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle from Iowa Western Community College, confirmed Tuesday night that he has committed to Indiana.
Indiana gave Heiderman his only Football Bowl Subdivision offer, but he also had interest from Iowa, Iowa State and Western Kentucky.
“They were the first ones to look at me,” Heiderman said. “Then I took my visit in the summer. I loved the facilities and I loved the coaches. It was a great fit for me.”
Heiderman was lightly recruited out of Norfolk High School in Hoskins, Neb., because he was playing defensive end at the time and weighed just 215 pounds. He had some Division II offers, but none of those were overly attractive to him and he apparently wasn’t academically qualified either.
“I thought I was a qualifier,” Heiderman said. “It turned out I wasn’t.”
The time at Iowa Western allowed him to bulk up. Heiderman had wrestled in high school and he even wrestled in his first year at Iowa Western. That had always kept him from putting on weight, so when he finally quit, the change in metabolism allowed him to bulk up quickly.
“Once wrestling was done and I was done working out, my eating habits were still the same, so I shot up in weight,” Heiderman said.
Iowa Western put him inside, but he remained quick. Last season, he posted 42 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 3.0 sacks from the defensive tackle position. The Hoosiers will need some help there next season with the graduation of seniors Adam Replogle, Larry Black Jr. and Nicholas Sliger, so he should be able to help immediately.
“I have good hands,” Heiderman said. “I understand leverage. I think I really get after it. I try to be a leader for most people and push myself.”
Heiderman is Indiana’s 10th commitment for the Class of 2013. He will have two years of eligibility at Indiana.
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