However, as time rolled on, Heinz's letter of intent had yet to arrive at the UNC football office, leading some eager fans to wonder why the delay. In most cases, the fax preceedes the on-location pep rally.
It turned out that athletic director Mike Posey was not aware of the new pass code that had been programmed into the school's fax machine.
"He thought the machine was broken, so he took it to a Kinko's and faxed it from there," Heinz said.
Posey's quick thinking eased any questions that may have surfaced during the delay on the fourth floor of the Kenan Center.
"This guy's competitiveness just jumps out at you right from the moment that you meet him," UNC coach John Bunting said. "He's thrown a ‘zillion' touchdown passes, and he is extremely competitive."
Although his commitment has been public and firm for months now, Heinz still found himself waking up with a heavy heart this morning.
"The day started with me thinking, ‘This is the day that I sign my life away for the next five years,'" Heinz said from his home Wednesday night. "I was taken away by the fact that they have a great school with great fans. So, I woke up with a big smile and put on some Carolina blue.
Over 30 media outlets were on hand, including ESPN, to cover Heinz signing and that of his teammate and top prospect Ernie Sims, who opted for Florida State.
"I felt like a superstar, because there were at least 350 people in the room. The press conference from where we were signing was so much bigger than what we had had in the past. The entire experience was great!"
Heinz poses with teammate Ernie Sims, the nation's top ranked player who signed with FSU.
Heinz and his parents sign the papers Wednesday.