2016 Urbandale (IA) offensive lineman Jake Heinrich is one of the top prospects in his state. He was recently named to the initial Scout 300 rankings. He's also a four-star prospect designated as the nation's eighth best offensive guard.
His offer sheet isn't indicative of his initial rating, but that should soon follow. The 6-foot-4, 275 pound lineman does have one scholarship offer in his possession and is hearing from several others.
"The only offer I have right now is from Iowa State," Heinrich said.
Heinrich has two more trips he will take before shutting it down and focusing on his junior season.
"I'm camping at Minnesota on July 21," he told Scout. "They're going to show me around the football facilities before hand. I'm not sure if I'll get to see the campus. It should be a nice time. I hope to perform well enough to receive the offer."
"They sent me a packet about the camps in the mail," Heinrich added. "They've told me they're looking forward to seeing me on campus and speaking with me for a few hours."
Despite not offering, the in-state Hawkeyes are in the mix for Heinrich. Iowa will be hosting him on a visit at the end of this month.
"I'm going to the "Hawkeye Tailgate" at the end of the month," he noted. "It's a big visit weekend on campus, I think. It's two days long. I'm assuming it will be similar to "Big Red Weekend" at Nebraska. We'll be in the press box. I'm sure I'll get to see everything else like the facilities, too. I hope to get to check out the dorms, class buildings, and all that kind of stuff. It sounded pretty exclusive."
"It should be a good opportunity to become more acquainted with them," Heinrich continued about Iowa. "I'm excited to speak with Coach Morgan who is my area recruiter, and Brian Ferentz. It would be great to be in contact with them more often. It will be nice to dive in and learn more about Iowa. I'm looking forward to getting on the same page with them."
The Cyclones are his lone offer, and he has developed a real sense of comfort with their program.
"I have more familiarity with them," Heinrich mentioned about Iowa State. "I speak with them on the phone quite a bit. I went to their junior day not long ago. Everything is great there. The weight room is amazing. They have one of, if not the best weight room in the country. Allan Lazard is there. Jake Campos is there as well and I know him and speak with him. I've had more opportunities to learn about Iowa State."
He discussed what the pull has been like to both Iowa and Iowa State thus far in his recruitment.
"To be quite honest, my parents are Iowa State fans," Heinrich admitted. "My cousins and other family members of mine grew up liking Iowa. It would be great to have an offer from both of them. They're both great schools. I've been to Iowa State more. I've went to a few camps and seen a few games there. I want to work hard for both. I like both a lot."
Another program that has made their presence known for Heinrich is Nebraska. He was in Lincoln earlier on for a visit and came away impressed.
"When we were at Nebraska, it was great," he stated. "Memorial Stadium was real nice. The program is obviously very storied. I like their coaching staff. The whole Big Red Weekend experience was first class. They want me to stay in contact. They want to see my film after a few games, and hopefully an offer comes."
Heinrich expects to be a busy man during the fall, visiting several schools to check out the gameday atmospheres.
"I will be going to Iowa State for a game," he pointed out. "I definitely want to see Iowa for a game. I want to see Nebraska, for sure. A game at Minnesota would be nice as well. If we have extra time, it'd also be nice to go out to Wisconsin and Michigan, also. Wisconsin and Michigan both invited me to camp but I couldn't make it."
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