California Safety weighing options
Weight: 195-197 pounds
Speed: 4.4 Forty time
Bench: 240-250 pounds
Clean: 270 pounds
Division I football players literally grow on trees in the state of California, producing some of the best talent in the country. So it is of little surprise the Wildcats staff has gone to California and Blue Chip prospect Zach Heim of Lutheran High School in Orange, California.
At 6-1 and almost 200 pounds and 40 times in the range of 4.5, Heim has the size and the speed to play either of the safety spots and has most of the Pac 10 schools, as well as some of the most prominent programs in the nation recruiting him. Carrying a 3.8 gpa and set to take the ACT in June, qualifying should not be any problem for this California recruit.
In speaking to both Zach and his High School Coach, it became readily apparent that pulling this Blue Chip prospect out of the State of California is going to be a project:" I would really like to stay in Southern California. UCLA would be nice but USC is like my dream school. Beyond that though I am open to anyone else and will look at everyone." With is best friend Troy Van-Blarkom (kicker) committing to USC already and a brother that attends Arizona- it looks like this is a Pac 10 play all the way.
Asked what his top schools are right now:" Obviously USC and UCLA. Arizona State, Oregon and I like Washington State too." As for schools in the Big 12, " I am not sure right now. I know they have some interest in me and they have sent me some letters. I know Kansas State is supposed to take a look at me and I am kinda going to wait and see there who shows me interest. Right now I like Nebraska, Colorado, Texas ATM and probably Kansas State from the Big 12." As for direct coaches recruiting him:" they have just been sending me letters and stuff and I am told will look at my films but I am not really sure who the coaches are right now from the Big 12 looking at me."
As for playing time, this recruit is looking for a situation where he can come in and learn the ropes first,:"I am not adverse to playing right away but I would really prefer to take a redshirt and kinda work my way through things to start."
As for where he sees himself at the next level,: " I would really like to stay at safety if I could. If I am recruited elsewhere and keep growing then that is fine and well but I would prefer staying at Safety, that is my natural position."
We asked Zach is thoughts on the Big 12 schools he listed.
On Nebraska :"I really did not know the coaches there so the coaching change does not really affect me much- Nebraska is still the same school and they are changing things with the new coaches- which is something you look at."
On Colorado:" But the whole Colorado Scandal thing, that is not something you probably like hearing about, plus they recruit California pretty heavily. I will have to watch what happens there."
On Texas ATM:" Well I don't know too much about them but they have been sending me some letters."
On Kansas State:" I am not really sure who is recruiting me for Kansas State but I know that they are supposed to look at some film on me and that they might come by to the school. I kinda want to see who shows me interest there."
Zach is very well spoken young man and paused after every question to give a thoughtful answer. Clearly any school that wants to pull this recruit from the West Coast is going to have their work cut out for them as he has strong ties to the West Coast and is a California boy all the way. But that does not mean that schools will not try with the likes of Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame sending letters. The Big 12 schools are gauging interest right now it seems and Zach's comments seem to underlie a wait and see approach. I think he wants to gauge where the interest level from Kansas State and some of the other schools is right now and he is currently being heavily recruited by the local Pac 10 schools. His Coach has nothing but great things to say about this recruit,:" he is the kind of player you want on your team. He is just a great young man and I think anyone that meets him knows that right away."
We will follow up with this recruit as his recruitment progresses to see where the Kansas State staff's interest lies and whether the Wildcat staff pursues this West Coast Blue Chip prospect more heavily.
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