Iowa the Leader

Dan Heiar grew up rooting dreaming of someday wearing the Black and Gold of Iowa. The Hawkeyes finally came through with an offer for the in-state JUCO less than two weeks ago. The OL says they lead, but also is officially visiting other schools. He saw Michigan State last weekend. HI caught up with the home grown talent to get the latest on his recruitment.

Dan Heiar might very well end up at Iowa. It's not going to happen until he's completed some research, however.

The junior college offensive lineman received a scholarship offer last Tuesday from the Hawkeyes, his childhood favorite. He spent many Saturdays of his youth attending games at Kinnick Stadium.

"Iowa is at the top of my list right now," the 6-foot-4 1/2, 280-pound guard from Iowa Western said. "I'm just looking around to see what else it out there. Michigan State is real close behind.

"I'm not looking to commit right now. I'll know when it's the right school and I'll sign with them."

Heiar officially visited Michigan State on Saturday for its game against Purdue.

"It was really nice," the Charlotte, Iowa native said. "Lansing is a really nice town and there was a great atmosphere at the game. I really enjoyed the coaches and players. It was a good trip."

Heiar previously officially visited Rutgers and Wyoming. He's set up an official visit to Utah on Dec. 10 and is trying to plan a midweek official to Texas Christian University.

Iowa, Michigan State, Utah, Rutgers and TCU have offered Heiar. In all, 16 schools have offered.

Things have happened quickly for Heiar. Many of his offers, especially from the bigger schools, rolled in recently.

"Yeah, it's really exciting," Heiar said. "I didn't get much attention coming out of high school. There were two JUCOs and a few Division III schools. The last three weeks have been pretty exciting. It's a nice experience."

Heiar said he didn't anticipate using an official visit to Iowa. He's taken two unofficials (Penn State, Wisconsin) to Kinnick this year and feels like he's seen what he needs to see.

Heiar will sign with a four-year college on Dec. 17. He'll have three years to play two in terms of eligibility.

"I'd like to play right away," he said. "At 280, I'm a little small for a Big Ten guard. I don't mind redshirting to put on some weight, learn a system and get stronger. I'd jump in right away or sit out. I'm OK either way."

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