Heimlicher earned League Defensive MVP honors, first-team all-state honors, and he has picked up four scholarship offers - from Cal, Hawaii, Montana State and Pennsylvania.
“It has been awesome to get recruited,” Heimlicher said. “I have been able to talk to many coaches, learn about many different programs, so it has been very exciting so far. To be honest, I am pretty open minded to it all right now. I haven't even thought about when I am going to commit or anything like that.
“I do know the education part of it is going to be the biggest factor for me because I want to get a good education and get a degree that is worth something for once I am done playing football. So Penn is up there... because it is Penn. And I like Cal. But I am going to consider any college that offers a good education, is in a nice location, and has a family atmosphere.”
Boise State, Northwestern, Colorado and Colorado State are some of the other programs that have shown early interest in Heimlicher. The Buffaloes have caught his eye because Regis has sent two players – Terran Hasselbach and Tim Lynott Jr. - up to Boulder in recent years.
“It would be pretty fun to team up with some of those old Regis guys,” Heimlicher said. “I heard CU likes me and they are just wanting to get to know me a little bit better before they offer. I have been talking to [defensive line] coach [Jim] Jeffcoat and getting mail from them. I would love to go to CU. Obviously it is close to home and family is important to me.”
Heimlicher just began baseball season so he will be unable to take many unofficial visits until the summer. But he does plan to attend Colorado State's Junior Day event on April 8.
“I was just up near there for Rocky Mountain's game but I just saw the outskirts of the campus, I have never really been up to the Fort Collins area to look around,” Heimlicher said. “I am anxious and excited to see what they are all about up there.”
Heimlicher also plans to attend The Opening regional event in Oakland this spring, and once baseball season ends, he will take an unofficial visit to Cal.
“I actually just got off the phone with one of their coaches and I am very impressed with them,” Heimlicher said of the Bears. “Cal has a top ranked public Business school and I have family out there as well. And then obviously the location of Cal is hard to beat.”
A high motor player, Heimlicher racked up 115 tackles playing at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds last fall. He has gotten up to 210-pounds this off-season and aims to get up north of 215 by the time he starts his senior season.