JUCO OT has Rutgers "on top of my list"

Rutgers hosted a pair of junior college offensive linemen on official visits this weekend, and ScarletReport.com spoke with both of them Sunday. In the first story, offensive tackle Dan Heiar talked about the trip, why Rutgers is now on the top and what he learned and liked about the experience.

Iowa Western Community College offensive tackle Dan Heiar was a bit shocked at the busyness and size of New York City, and extremely comfortable with the aspects of Rutgers' football program.

While at the airport awaiting his flight home, Heiar spoke to ScarletReport.com about his official visit to Rutgers, and quite an impression was made.

"It's on top of my list right now," the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Heiar said. "I could definitely see myself playing here. I really don't have one area over another. It's pretty much I like all the options, what the campus is like, the coaches, the offense, what the players are like who are coming back, who I will be playing next to. It is things like that."

Heiar made the visit with teammate and friend, center Dallas Hendrikson, who also is listing Rutgers as his favorite.

A talking point for Heiar, who was hosted by center Howard Barbieri and guard Caleb Ruch, was his first visit to Manhattan. And it wasn't the same as Manhattan, Kansas, for the Collins, Iowa, native.

"I really liked it out here. It was the first time seeing the city and everything," Heiar said. "It was a little culture shock there for a bit, but I really enjoyed it. First time taking a train, so I thought that was pretty neat. I really do love it here. It's pretty nice.

"I had never been out east, so it was a bit different for me, but it was a good different. I really liked it."

Heiar also enjoyed the way Rutgers' offense is designed.

"The tackles go two-point (stance) a little bit, and I really liked that," he said. "And seeing how the run the (Wildcat), I really liked that, and seeing a couple of double teams that I would be in, I really liked that a lot. It seems liked they perfected that, and No. 18 (Jeremy Deering) and No. 6 (Mohamed Sanu) are really good athletes running that."

Heiar is a full qualifier and will have three years to play two seasons at a four-year school.

However, he doesn't expect to make a decision soon. He has a visit to Utah planned for Dec. 10-12, and added he expected to officially visit Michigan State next weekend.

But wherever he decides to continue his career, he knows he will be playing tackle, which is a position of extreme need for the Scarlet Knights.

"I've been there for a few years now, and I like being out there on an island by myself instead of playing inside," he said. "Rutgers has been talking to me just about playing tackle."

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