His time will come

If there is one thing Papillion La Vista QB Steve Heiman isn't, it's sensitive. Not to say he doesn't have feelings, but when it comes to recruiting, he keeps a level head. Easily one of if not the best pure passer in the state of this year, Heiman could be getting a little frustrated over the lack of serious attention from schools. He's not. He's not even worried, because he knows what's to come.

When Steve Heiman appeared at the Nebraska Quarterback Academy last year, it was a lot smaller than he is right now, not as savvy and admittedly, not as mechanically sound.

He still did pretty darn good, showing himself to be one of the better underclassmen at the camp.

This year he'll go in as a junior, heading into his senior year, but there are a lot more differences to him and his game than just the grade. "I think coach Suhr has to be one of the best if not the best quarterback coaches in the state," Heiman said of Gene Suhr, Heiman's position and head coach at Papillion La Vista. "He's taught me so much about my release, my footwork – everything."

That has him excited about the future, going into his final year of prep-ball, looking to help propel the Monarchs to not just a better season, coming off a 6-5 year, but a season to remember. "I think everyone is thinking about a state title," Steve said. "That's what we are here for and that's what we want to do."

That's obviously easier said than done, playing in the same class as perennial juggernauts like Millard North and Creighton Prep, but teams like Kearney High and Lincoln Southwest have cemented their own status as one of the state's elite teams.

To be honest, Heiman doesn't even think of them or any one team on the schedule, because he feels success comes down to just doing what you were taught to do. "We know we have great coaching and I feel we have the players, so we just have to do what we know how to do," Steve said. "There are a lot of great players on this team, so I know we have what it takes. It's up to us to make it happen."

You might think that Heiman is as intense about everything when it comes to competition. Well, you'd be right, but for many, it manifests itself in different ways. Some players look at the competition and that motivates them. But for Heiman, the competition is irrelevant.

Much like he views the season up-coming, Steve looks at his second go around at the Nebraska QB Academy, not as a chance to beat others, but a chance to better everything he did before. "That's all I want to do. I really don't even think about who will be there or won't be. I just want to do better than I did before," he said.

That would probably explain to you just how Steve looks at most things, especially when it's sports related. You can apply it to this competition, his season up-coming and even in the world of recruiting. It has nothing to do with where you want to be so much as it has to do with you knowing what it takes to get there.

"If I do my best, improve on what I have done and I don't make any mistakes, I know things will turn out for the best," Heiman said in regard to the competition, the season and recruiting. "I honestly don't think about winning the competition and I don't think about who is going to offer me or who doesn't."

"The only thing I worry about is doing the best I can, and if I do that, good things will happen, and those offers that aren't there now, will be."

Steve may not worry about recruiting, but he is doing his best to try and get his name and more importantly, his ability out there, so schools around the country take notice. One of the most recent places he visited was Vanderbilt, where he attended one of their camps.

The imputes behind the visit was a message from the coaching staff, who told him was in the top two of the list of quarterbacks they were looking at for this recruiting season. After he attended the camp, they told him they didn't even know if they would be taking a quarterback this year, due to a very limited amount of scholarships they had to give out.

Nice, huh?

"Yeah, that didn't really make me all that happy, because it takes time and money to go to these things, especially that far away," Steve said. "So, I guess you could say I'm not really looking at them anymore."

If that doesn't disenchant you about the recruiting process, little will, but Heiman is resolved that his fate is his to decide. And there's probably a little hope that not every school will pull something like that.

As for the inevitable question, which invariably has to come when talking about recruiting, Heiman sticks to his guns in what he's trying to accomplish and he feels, offer or not, that will be good enough. "I'm going to the camp to show the coaches what I can do and just do the best I can," he said of the recruiting-big-picture when he heads to perform in front of the Nebraska coaches. "I'm not thinking that an offer rides on this camp, though."

"If I do better in everything than I did last year, I'm going to be really happy, no matter what happens."

Steve will have a warm up before the Nebraska camp as he and teammate Mike Hayes are traveling to San Diego State for a camp the week before he heads into Lincoln. And even before that, this Sunday actually, he and his teammates are doing a team camp in Kearney.

And following a hand-written letter he received, Heiman decided that he's going to be taking his talent down to Lubbock to show head coach Mike Leach and company what he could do.

It's all part of the process

Some kids hate it, thinking that they need justification in the form of an offer right now, or the rest of the season is moot. Some kids love it, because it's just that much more motivation to get out there and prove everyone wrong.

Heiman feels neither way, as he takes the same approach with this as he does anything else, believing that things will happen however they are supposed to happen, but if he does what he knows he can do, they will, and in a good way.

"I don't worry about any of it right now, because I know I have a season to play and I know we are going to do a lot of great things," he said. "If we go all the way and win a state title, that will be the most important thing, but that will probably mean I didn't do too bad along the way."

"That's good enough for me. I know my time will come."

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