They play American Football in Sweden?
Sweden is known for producing loads of talent in the NHL and in the European Football world. Apparently, Sweden has an American football league that has produced 7 NFL football players and Jordan Genmark-Heath is looking to make it 8.
The 4 star recruit (per 247Sports) began playing football at 8 years old. He was completely taken by the game and immediately dreamed of playing high school football in America. As a 15 year-old quarterback, he became the youngest starter on his Swedish club team which travelled to Texas and Ohio to play U.S. talent. The Genmark-Heath family vacationed in San Diego and from there, decided to enter a green card lottery. Yes, there is such a thing, which they won. They moved to California and Jordan enrolled at Francis Parker High School.
Too talented to watch from the sidelines, the multi-position player got the nod to start at safety where he excelled. He quickly became the star of the team. After his sophomore season, the 6’2, 205 pound Swedish product transferred to 1AA Cathedral Catholic. He was forced to sit his first 6 games due to state football rules regarding transfers but in his first game he made his mark. He made contact with a receiver, punched the ball out, picked up the fumble and returned it for a touchdown, one of many to come for 2016 State Champion squad. His high school coached raved about the luxury of JGH.
Genmark-Heath went into his senior season with 21 scholarship offers. The most impressive part of his list of offers is Ivy League schools Harvard, Yale and Columbia as well as other high-academic schools in Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Dartmouth. Seems that Jordan is even more dynamic in the classroom as he is on the gridiron. He also volunteers at a centre designed to offer assistance to disabled children. A very impressive young man, he is.
College coaches love his versatility. JGH made huge plays throughout his high-school career at quarterback, running back, receiver, linebacker, safety and in the return game. This caught the eye of the Notre Dame coaching staff who recently offered him. He’s currently committed to in-state Cal who has just recently fired their head coach Sonny Dykes after posting a 19-30 record in his career there. With uncertainty surrounding the Bears, a great opportunity for Brian Kelly and staff to flip his commitment to Notre Dame has risen.
Jordan Genmark-Heath will be on campus in South Bend with his parents for an official visit this weekend. He said that the recent Irish offer was a “dream offer.” He would get a quality education at Notre Dame while also playing top-quality football in nationally televised contests.
Keep your fingers crossed Irish fans. This kid is a good one.