Brett Heggie is one month away from fulfilling his dream. The Gators pledge is all set to put pen to paper on signing day, and he spoke to Scout as the day draws nearer.
In less than a month Brett Heggie will fulfill a life long dream.
"It was kind of surreal," he said. " As a kid I always grew up wanting to play big time college football. Coach [Jim] McElwain gave me that opportunity. I committed this past summer, and I've been excited about it all the way through until now, and I can't wait to sign."
Heggie committed to Florida in July. Since then the Mount Dora (Fla.) center has seen his relationship strengthen.
"It's grown a lot. I think Florida had a great season this year, and I think they are going to progressively get better throughout the next couple of years," said Heggie. "It definitely excites me, and I think it excites the other recruits out there who have not decided, and we've got some big name guys who've recently committed that I think are going to help out in the future. It's an exciting time for Florida and for all of us who are on the class of 2016 who are about to sign and join the family"
The last seven months have also allowed Heggie to learn more about his position coach, offensive line coach Mike Summers.
"Coach Summers was a big reason of my commitment," he said. "He and I clicked right away. I have a lot of respect for Coach Summers. We talk on a weekly basis. I just can't wait to play under him."
Heggie was one of the few seniors around the country playing in the Under Armour All-American Game. The practices and the game itself allowed the three-star lineman to not only go up against the top talent in the country, but allowed Heggie to learn and get ready for the college speed.
"It was just adjusting to the speed of the defensive linemen," said Heggie. "I haven't seen that type of speed before. Just about me adjusting, getting out of my stance and blocking and getting on track faster, so I can be in the right position to get the block."
With the 2016 Gators class spread out, it is hard for Heggie to see the other members face to face. However, during his time in Orlando last week, he roomed with fellow pledge Antonneous Clayton
"Antonneous came in and I could tell right away that this was a guy who had a good head on his shoulders and worked hard," he said. "Throughout the week at the Under Armour camp he continued to impress people with his play, and I think he was trying to show people that he is legit and he did that for sure. And we just talked about how exciting it is to be committed to Florida and how we think this next couple of years is going to be big.
Heggie added, "it's really hard to get to know all these guys because we are going and visiting on different dates, so I think we stay in touch enough through social media we are all pretty comfortable with each other."
The 6-foot-3.5, 302 pounder, has set his official visit to Gainesville to Jan. 15.
"I'm ready to go. I'm just going to keep working hard everyday, working out and running. Getting ready to go to camp."