Heck Never Wavered

Signing Day was a mere formality for Jon Heck, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles.

"To be honest, I knew the second that I committed that I was going to UNC and there was no chance of changing my mind," Heck said. "So it's not like a huge relief necessarily to finally sign, because I've known the entire time that this was completely where I was going."

Multiple coaching changes didn't sway Heck's belief in the program.

"Ever since I visited the school for the first time before I committed when Coach Davis was there, I knew that there was definite a possibility of the entire staff leaving with the [NCAA] investigations," Heck said. "With that in mind, I really committed to the university and committed based on the academics and the players on the team. Now that Coach Fedora is there and he has the whole [coaching] staff put together, I couldn't be happier."

When he committed, Heck had developed a strong bond with former offensive coach Sam Pittman. Heck credits new offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic for filling the void and making the coaching staff transition seamless.

"[Kapilovic] has visited my house twice, we talk just about every day, [and] I was consistently with him during my official visit," Heck said. "We have built a solid relationship and he has filled in where Coach Pittman has left off. I really feel like I've gotten to know Coach Kap really well."

Heck is being recruited as an offensive tackle.

"When I took my official visit, [Kapilovic] basically told us that he's going to play anyone who could play whether it's a freshman or a senior," Heck said. "He's going to give everyone a shot and if you're ready to play, you'll play.

"There are definitely some things I need to work on. So whether I get red-shirted or I develop to the point where I'll get in there, I just know I'll work my butt off."

With his senior football season complete, Heck, who is academically qualified, is currently throwing the discus for Bolles' track and field team.

"I have a shot at states, but we'll see how it turns out," Heck said.

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