Heinrich (6-5, 285), who committed on Saturday is a four-star prospect per Scout.com, was very clear about what type of player the Razorbacks just landed.
“I think one of the strongest aspects of my game is my physicality,” Heinrich said. “I really like to get after people and finish my block as far down field as possible and get people on the ground.
“I have people tell me that I have good feet and I really work on improving as much as I can whether it is in the gym or working out on the field on my footwork or just general agility drills while trying to become as quick as possible.
“I think also a key to my game is move my feet, roll my hips and just roll over people. That is something I seem to excel at and I am also able to use my strength to manhandle people. I know I won’t be able to do that in the SEC West as an underclassman, but I am really looking forward to working with (Arkansas strength and conditioning) Coach (Ben) Herbert, who impressed me a lot of my visit.
“I expect to gain a lot of strength, a lot of quickness and a lot of agility under his tutelage.”
Heinrich, who took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in June, chose the Razorbacks over a final three that also included Oregon and Iowa State.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman will be used on the interior of the offensive line for the Razorbacks.
“At this point in speaking with Coach Pittman, he has decided that I will be an interior lineman in general and I will be looking to play both offensive guard positions, which is something I am doing right now at the high school level.
“I can play both left and right, but I am also going to be snapping definitely when I get on campus and maybe some this year just to become more well-rounded and improve my versatility.”
Heinrich joins Trophy Club, Texas, Byron Nelson standout Kellen Diesch (6-7, 280) – another projected guard – as current Razorback offensive line pledges.
Urbandale head coach Sam Anderson says Arkansas is getting a great athlete in Heinrich, who was a state medalist in wrestling and also one of the state’s best in the shot put.
"They're getting an extremely dedicated football player, a player who does things right on and off the field," Anderson told the Des Moines Register. "He's a National Honor Society kid, he volunteers, he's in our American Leaders program. He's extremely dedicated in the weight room, he's going to do the things they ask him to do."
"…He's a student of the game," Anderson said. "I categorize him as a football junkie. He's doing stuff in his backyard, he's watching technique videos and he's continuing to hone his game. It's what he is, it's what he does and it's what he loves."
Heinrich noted that it was the entire program at Arkansas that won him over.
“I’d have to say that the biggest factor that led to my decision would be just my overall comfort level with the program,” Heinrich said. “It is about 6 1/2 hours from my front door.
“That’s a pretty good distance so that I will be able to get away, but also still be relatively close for my parents and my family. So that’s good.
“The entire staff made me feel special. I spent a lot of time in Coach Bielema’s office talking with him. I had a great time talking not only about football, but he was also telling some stories about his family and was really opening it up to my parents and I really appreciated that as well.
“I also spent a lot of time with Coach Pittman. He personally toured me around himself for one evening and another morning and the afternoon. It was really awesome that he was able to take that time for me.
“Overall, I just felt a connection with the entire staff. I had a good time speaking with Coach Herbert as well and I was able to catch up with Coach Mateos, who was actually the first from Arkansas to start recruiting me so that was of cool.
“It really is just like a family atmosphere among the whole program. I am talking to some of the other commits and trying to help build this program as strong as possible.”
“I can’t say anything bad about Oregon because they have an outstanding program and outstanding coaches and I had a great visit there as well, but I realized for sure after the fact that Arkansas was the place for me.
“The offensive line pedigree between Coach Bielema and Coach Pittman definitely needs no introduction and was attractive as well.
“The fans at Arkansas seem to be the strongest fan base in the country so that was great as well.
“I also got a chance to connect with some of the players on my visit as well – Dan Skipper, Frank Ragnow and Sebastian Tretola and Denver Kirkland, who I bumped into as well.
“It just felt like home. It was the place that I wanted to be. Every single visit I made to a college campus, my mind just kept coming back to Arkansas.
“So I figured why wait? I want to be a part of something special and I think that is what is going on in Fayetteville.”
The current Razorback offensive linemen gave Heinrich the heads up on Pittman.
“He is a really awesome guy,” Heinrich said. “That is one thing I ask the current offensive linemen about to see what kind of coach is he.
“They said he is intense, but is not a yeller or a screamer when he gets on you. He is just trying to make you better.
“That is what I am looking for. I want a coach that is going to care about me on and off the field, someone who is going to look out on me and my future, someone who is going to develop me into the best offensive lineman possible and I think that is what I have in Coach Pittman.”
Strangely Heinrich did not have an offer from Iowa.
“I am absolutely solid in my commitment,” Heinrich said. “I try not to get too caught up in the websites, but I was looking into that and it seems that Iowa really looks out of state early on and recently I believe they got a couple of commits from in-state.
“I did have some contact with them, but at this point honestly it doesn’t bother me one bit because I have got the perfect place for me.
“I got an offer from the other state school in Iowa State and it was always very puzzling for me, but I have moved past that and I am fine with it.”
The opportunity to play in the SEC was another factor that played into Heinrich’s decision.
“The SEC is far and away the best conference in college football and the SEC West specifically is the most competitive division and I don’t even think it is close,” Heinrich said.
“I like to consider myself competitive, I play sports year round and I want to be the absolute best so I would be doing a disservice to myself to not go up against the best competition to see how I stack up and improve as much as possible.
“I am really looking forward to going again the best week in and week out.”