Heck biding his time

Jon Heck knows all about Notre Dame from his family. Heck spoke with Irish Eyes about the interest the Irish football coaching staff has shown at this stage of his recruitment.

A year ago Jon Heck looked to impress college coaches with his spring performance and vault his recruiting. While Virginia offered the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Heck, his spring was one he would have liked to forget.

"I was injured last spring and missed most of last season because of a fracture in my foot. I am now all healed up and ready to go this spring. However, the injury has held some of the other school back for now."

One of those schools is Notre Dame and Heck knows all about the Irish first hand living in a household full of Irish faithful.

"Notre Dame is definitely in my family as my dad (Andy Heck) played there on the national championship team in 1988 and my mom also attended Notre Dame. So I have been taken to Notre Dame games all of my life and my dad tells me almost every day how special of a place Notre Dame is. So I am with people who went to Notre Dame every day of my life."

While Jon has visited many times as a kid, now he is making visits to South Bend as a football prospect looking to earn an offer. Recently Jon made an unofficial visit to campus to take another look. How did the visit go?

"It went great… I had a lot of fun and was able to speak with Coach Kelly, Coach Hinton and Coach Warinner while watching practice. I had a great time."

One thing Jon noticed this past fall during his visit for the Purdue game was the way he looked at Notre Dame overall.

"I had gone to the Purdue game early this past season and it was the first time I had been up there in the past few years. In the past I had gone up there to visit family and watch games for fun. Now it is looking like I may have a chance to play for Notre Dame and I am looking at them as a school and if they would offer if I would consider going to."

Because of his injury Notre Dame and a few other programs will look to watch the legacy in the coming weeks.

"We start spring practice on May 2nd and Notre Dame along with North Carolina, Northwestern and Florida are all talking with me and telling me they are going to come down and watch me practice and make a decision based on their evaluation."

If offered a scholarship from the Irish how hard would it be to say no?

"It would be pretty hard as Notre Dame would be the top school I would consider."

As for when he would like the recruiting process to end. Jon knows the next couple of weeks will help him with that decision.

"Right now I don't really know to be honest. I might know better after spring football when I can see if I have any new offers. So I feel after spring football I would have a better ideal then."

Despite the number of times he's visited campus. Jon Heck knows there is no place else like Notre Dame.

"I can just tell Notre Dame has such a great tradition and is such a great place. No other school has the tradition Notre Dame has with legends like Knute Rockne, the Four Horsemen, all those Heisman Trophy winners and national championships. There is greatness at Notre Dame and I can sense that when I am there."

With the missed time on the field Jon knows there are some things to work on in his game but he also will be looking to prove a point.

"Having been out for a while has made me hungry to get back on the field and show coaches I can play at the next level at a school like Notre Dame. So being out with the injury has placed a chip on my shoulder.

"Right now I feel my strengths are in my pass blocking ability as I have very long arms and I am pretty good getting into pass rushers. I do need to work on getting my pad level lower on my blocking."

For now Jon Heck knows he must wait till early in May to have a better understanding of where he stands with Notre Dame. Irish Eyes will check back with Jon after Irish coaches evaluate his performance during spring ball.

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