CoachSpeak: Scouting Zach Heeman

Mount Olive (N.J.) head coach Jared Luciani goes in-depth on what Rutgers is getting in Zach Heeman, who committed to play offensive line for the Scarlet Knights in 2014.

Mount Olive (N.J.) offensive lineman Zach Heeman is a 1,000-point scorer in basketball with just one year of experience on the gridiron. But at 6-foot-8 with the athleticism of a power forward, he will bring an interesting mix to tackle as the newest Rutgers verbal commitment.

Heeman visited Rutgers twice since the end of his basketball season and committed to coach Kyle Flood this morning.

"Once he got on field he fell in love with football," said Mount Olive coach Jared Luciani. "He sees the light at the end of the tunnel of what he needs to do. He's lifting twice and day and doing speed training."

The raw athleticism is there, and then some, but strength training will be Heeman's key to success going into his senior season.

"He's very strong," Luciani said. "He's really dedicated himself into weight room the last year. He's a long lever type kid and really long arms. He's 6-8, 270 pounds and not an ounce of fat on him."

Staying in New Jersey was a strong draw for Heeman, Luciani said.

"He's into the whole Jersey thing," he said.

Heeman has 1,000 points as a basketball player and is also a track star at Mount Olive. The increase in interest from colleges is largely because of a stronger dedication to football over basketball and track.

He committed to Rutgers but had interest from Penn State, Maryland, Boston College and multiple Ivy League schools.

"He's the whole package," Luciani said. "Zach's a top of the line kid. … Staying low has been his biggest asset. I think his first few weeks, [he] was feeling things out and then he started to get a feel for it. He's a big boy, and you watch his highlight tape, he's relentless."


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