Heimuli Represents Humility at All-Poly Camp

The Heimuli name has long been associated with BYU's football program. During the All-Poly Camp, Ricky Heimuli - a close relative of former Cougar Lakei Heimuli - was in attendance as a future lineman prospect.

Defensive lineman Ricky Heimuli certainly passed the eye test at the All-Poly Camp. Coming in at about 6 feet 4 inches and 280 pounds, this Brighton defensive lineman will more than likely be on the recruiting radar of colleges both in and out of the state of Utah.

A soft-spoken young man approaching his junior year, Heimuli has both the size and physical upswing to develop into a top football lineman prospect within the state of Utah in the next few years. His first cousin Latu Heimuli, who has an offer from BYU, is currently ranked 13th among all of the defensive line prospects in the country. Latu is named after Ricky's father.

"He's kind of quiet and may not like to talk that much off the field, but on the field he's a really good football player," Ricky said about Latu.

As a camp participator, Ricky Heimuli learned how he could improve his game.

"From the coaches I learned how to use what they called ‘light hands,'" said Heimuli. "They don't want you to play stiff, and using your hands more will keep you from being stiff and be able to get by your guy much quicker than usual. It really helped me out on that. On top of that [I learned about] football technique and staying square and locking out your arms to get more distance from the offensive line."

Aside from gaining a lesson in "light hands" from the college coaches, Heimuli also learned how one's GPA factors into the overall score of college entrance exams.

"I learned at the All-Poly Camp a lot on what to expect in both the ACT and SAT test that allow you to be able to get into a college," Heimuli said. "I learned exactly what they're looking for in the scores and how the GPA factors into it all."

On the camp field, Heimuli was able to go up against some of the top recruits and see how they play the game. He learned by watching with a keen eye and facing some of the top upperclassmen attending the camp.

"Just to be able to go with Manti Te'o, who's mainly the top recruit here, was a good experience for me," said Heimuli. "To be able to get the experience and get the feel of how they play the game is going to really help me next season."

Just coming off of his sophomore year, Heimuli is still too young to be recruited by college coaches. However, there is one college that he is hoping will take a closer look at him when the time comes.

"I really like BYU," said Heimuli. "The Heimuli family has always been big with BYU. At BYU they're mainly about faith and all that. I'm really strong in my faith and I'm Mormon. I love my faith and I love my church. BYU is my church college and it's humbling over there, so BYU is a college that I really like because of those things. Coach Mendenhall is a humbling person. Just the way he speaks is humbling."

Coach Mendenhall came to Bountiful High School and spoke to the players attending the All-Poly Camp. Heimuli saw the humble disposition Coach Mendenhall presented as he spoke to the young men in attendance.

"He talked about the faith part," said Heimuli. "I really liked that because some of the kids here at the All-Poly Camp aren't Mormon, but he still brought it out to them to give them a little idea of what's going on. That really impressed me because he knows that some of them aren't LDS, but he still did it."

Much like Coach Mendenhall uses football as a vehicle for a great purpose, Heimuli also plays the game for the same purpose, and that's to stay on the straight and narrow.

"I play football to have fun, but I mainly play football to keep me off the streets," said Heimuli. "I don't want to be influenced by any trouble that are on the streets or do any bad things. I want to stay focused for better things."

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