While 2016 prospect Ben Hecht waits on his first offer, the offensive lineman from Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley has drawn interest from a number of Power 5 schools in the months since his junior season.
Hecht, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound tackle, has heard from Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Northern Illinois among others. He has attended a number of junior days in recent weeks including Iowa State’s in mid-March.
“I think Iowa State is a perfect distance from me,” Hecht told AllCyclones.com. “I don’t want to be 30 minutes from home, but I’d like to be far enough away where I could come home on the weekend but I’m far enough that I’m not home.”
Interest in Hecht, who is expected to be a sought after Upper Midlands recruit, has picked up since his junior season at Shawnee. He has begun to receive more letters from schools and invites to visit.
Hecht’s summer is already packed with planned camp visits. Ahead of his senior year, the current plan for Hecht is to camp at Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas and Tulsa.
He also plans to work on his body leading into his senior season.
“I feel like I’m explosive and strong and quick on my feet,” Hecht said. “I plan on adding weight. Right now I weight about 245-250. I want to hit 270 or 265 by my senior season. That’s my goal.”
As for a decision, Hecht is first waiting on offers. Once those begin to come, the ideal situation would have Hecht making a commitment around his senior season.
“I’ll probably wait until either the start of my senior year or maybe the end of my senior year of football,” Hecht said of his timeline. “Unless I get an offer from a school I just can’t say no to.”