Freshman Profile: Ernie Heifort highlights Bemidji (Minn.) tight end Ernie Heifort.

Profile: Ernie Heifort
Size: 6-foot-5, 225 pounds
Hometown: Bemidji, Minn.
School: Bemidji (4A)
Position: Tight End
Number: 41

Prep Career:
As a senior, Heifort recorded 134 tackles, three sacks, nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He earned second-team all-state honors from the Associated Press for his efforts. He led the state in tackles as a junior, recording 179 total stops.

Coach Kill's Signing Day Evaluation:
"Ernie Heifort, 6-foot-5, 225; a tight end prospect. They had opportunities to go other places, but they wanted to play at he University of Minnesota. That means a lot to me."

Getting to Know Ernie Heifort

Looking back, would you change anything about the recruiting process?
"I wish that I would have started sending film to schools and contacting schools earlier than I did."

What was your favorite part about the recruiting process and what was the worst?
"My favorite part was getting letters from coaches that I could show off to family and friends. Getting too many calls was my least favorite thing, but that's part of the process."

Why did you end up picking Minnesota?
"The feeling of a family-like atmosphere within the coaching staff and the players. It just felt like the right place to be."

What are your goals as a freshman?
"To get stronger and faster—plain and simple."

What have been your impressions of the new coaching staff?
"I really like them. They are all really close and seem know what the other is going to do, so they can plan what's best for the offense or defense. And Coach Kill was really straight forward and honest with me."

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
"Well, I try and stick to myself as much as possible, just play the game out in my head before it happens. I don't listen to music, I just stay focused on what I have to do."

What is some of your favorite music to listen to?
"Country, rap—I like most of it. Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley."

What are your favorite movies?
"Remember the Titans of course, The Bucket List."

What are three things you can't live without?
"Cell phone, football, and family and friends."

What's your favorite non-football hobby?
"Fishing and hunting."

What type of hunting do you like best?
"Deer hunting"

What are your thoughts about staying in your home state to play?
"They were my thoughts all along if that makes sense. I always wanted to stay in state so my family could watch me play. And playing at Minnesota was a dream of mine since I was a little kid."

University of Minnesota Athletic Communications contributed to this story.

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