Heggie Has Dream Come True

It's been a whirlwind week for Bruce Heggie as he saw a dream he's prayed for come true with an official visit to Notre Dame. Did his prayer pay off?

Despite growing up in Florida, Bruce Heggie (Mount Dora, FL) knew all about the tradition and honor of being a part of Notre Dame Football. Now, Heggie has seen first hand everything Notre Dame has to offer and will continue his academic and athletic career in South Bend.

"Growing up I had a lot of respect for Notre Dame. I'd seen them play on television and knew all about the tradition of the program. I'd pray and dream that one day I'd have a chance to attend Notre Dame and now its coming true."

Just when things looked its bleakest, Heggie found a silver lining to his football and college future.

"Coach Mike Elston came down and had lunch with me and my family this week. He asked if I wanted to come on an official visit and I accepted."

While Heggie knew he'd at least get a chance to see all the things he'd only seen on television. He felt confident that his trip would be well worth it when it ended.

"We flew up on Friday morning and I was nervous but also confident as I was hoping for the best. I had no clue if I was to be offered a scholarship or not."

One thing Heggie knew he'd take away was a lot of memories from his visit.

"The first day was mostly about academics as you talked to the many advisors and they show you all the help you'll receive in the classroom. The second day was tours of the campus and tours of the stadium, locker room and weight room. We all got to run out the tunnel and it was only the third time I'd seen snow. I made sure to make a few snowballs."

After two days Heggie had yet to receive an offer but knew Sunday would bring a meeting with Coach Elston.

"This morning I spoke with Coach Elston in his office and he was really up front with me in what I needed to improve on and what they felt the staff could help me improve on. Coach Elston is a great guy and he told me that Coach Kelly likes to take guys with good character and good work ethics, but after meeting with him I was still on the fence if I would be offered."

That soon changed as Bruce; along with his mother and father sat down with Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

"My family and I sat down with Coach Kelly and he told me what he thought about me and how I was a developing guy who could perform at different positions. He then offered me a scholarship to Notre Dame."

Accepting the Notre Dame scholarship Bruce now knows he'll be part of the great tradition of Notre Dame on and off the field.

"I know traditional students at Notre Dame know how to take care of themselves on and off the field. I have the will to want to earn a degree and play on a team with such great tradition and respect. Academically, I have a 4.2 average and know Coach Kelly can rely on me on and off the field. Athletically I'm tall and a power guy. I've played multiple positions and can play on both sides of the ball and will always go 100%. I don't care what position I play as I'll play where ever the coaches want me to play."

Another one of the Irish coaches also got some time with Bruce during his visit. Strength coach Paul Longo got a good chance to check out Bruce who stand 6-foot-5, 245-pounds and seemed excited about getting him into the Irish program.

"Coach Longo said he liked my size and frame and that I'm going to be a strong kid and really good athlete at Notre Dame."

While Bruce will sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, he's excited about getting his college career started.

"I'd prayed that this would happen and it did. My dad is thrilled and my mom is very proud of me. I've had a lot of support during this whole process and I'm very excited about getting started. I plan on coming up for the spring game and it looks like I'll be coming in June to start summer workouts."

While Bruce Heggie may not have been a name on the national recruiting radar the past year his story is one that will capture the hopes and dreams of others looking to earn a college scholarship. Brian Kelly has always found players others may not have known about and seen many of them become major contributors to his programs over the years. Will Bruce Heggie be the next one to leave his mark on a Brian Kelly team? Only the future has the answer.

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