Paw Paw All-State Soccer Twins End ‘Edgy’ Recruitment Process With D-II Pledges
PAW PAW, MI – For senior Paw Paw Connor and Kolby Hindenach, the college football recruiting process was an unexplored road full of potholes and speed bumps, but the twin brothers eventually saw the long and uncertain journey. reach its conclusion.
The star athletes chose their college football destination on Dec. 18, when they made a commitment to Michigan Tech and simultaneously breathed a sigh of relief.
“It’s really relieving to be done with it,” Kolby said. “It’s a fun process, but it was also very stressful and difficult. “
Between the cancellation of summer football camps and the inability of college coaches to attend warm-up football games in 2020, in-person assessment was impossible amid the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing senior athletes navigate the world of virtual recruiting.
“I can probably speak for most of the class of 2021 when I say it’s been extremely stressful because a lot of what recruiting can be are those day camps at the schools you want to go to, and the reality was that there was none. There’s no school in the state of Michigan that has really done this, let alone anywhere in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, or anywhere around the Great Lakes, ”Connor said. “There really wasn’t any school that had their day camps, and I think one of the most scary things was the first day the coaches were able to start talking to the players in the 2022 class. That day, all the coaches on Twitter were like, “Hey, everyone in the 2022 class, start uploading your movie.
“So it was just scary for all of us elders because we felt like we were being watched.
“As far as visits are concerned, it’s also very different. I mean, it’s limited with how many people can come, and it’s limited to what you can see or what you can do, so COVID has certainly made this year a pretty stressful year, but it It is a great relief to know that I have a house for the next five years.
In mid-December, the brothers visited the Division-II program located 550 miles north of Paw Paw at the foot of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and were left in awe of Michigan Tech’s football facilities and academic reputation.
“I’ve been on a couple of tours, and it was definitely the most impressive I’ve been on for sure,” Kolby said. “It was welcoming, and everyone looked pretty good and the facilities were certainly the most impressive I have ever seen, but overall the fit felt like it was there.”
“I’m an engineer and the engineering school up there is crazy; they are easily the best school in the area, and the coaching staff are also very friendly, ”added Connor. “They acted like they wanted us to be there as humans, not just soccer players or students.”
Michigan Tech set a 5-5 record in its last campaign in fall 2019, and the Huskies are set to play their fourth season under head coach Tom Olson in the spring on a schedule of conference shortened only by coronaviruses.
With the addition of the Hindenach twins, Michigan Tech gets two of the most decorated Paw Paw players in recent memory.
A 5-foot-11, 190-pound backer, Kolby ran for 1,206 yards and 15 touchdowns in 151 carries as a senior, including a school record in a 343-yard first-round playoff game against Otsego, all added to the Associated Press’s All-State First Team honors.
He was a second All-State selection on the team in 2019 after running for 1,588 yards and 25 touchdowns in 201 carries, and he ended his Paw Paw career as the all-time leader from school to 2,905 yards.
Like his twin brother, Connor was twice selected by the Kalamazoo Gazette Dream Team and earned an honorable mention in all states as a junior in 2019, when he made 95 tackles (26 for loss), eight sacks and three assists. The shortened 2020 season saw his numbers drop to 39 tackles (5 for loss), two forced fumbles and a sack, but the 6-3, 245-pound defensive end was still the best player for a Red Wolves defense. which allowed 22.6 points per game.
From his full back position, Connor also served as the main blocker for his brother, giving him some positional flexibility to the next level, but he said he would start defending when he arrived at Houghton.
“They see me right now on the defensive line, so I’m going to sit there for now, and if they need me to change, then I’ll change,” he said. “My goal is to get up to Houghton and do my best for the Huskies up there. “
Like his brother, Kolby understands that even with his impressive resume, he will have to make money at Michigan Tech.
“Obviously I’m going to have to earn my place, but overall they seem really welcoming and they’ve already made me feel like family so it feels good to know that I have coaches like that recruiting me. “said Kolby.