Focus '08: Brian Heinze

Brian Heinze, by way of Mill Creek HS (Hoschton, GA), stands at 6-feet-2 and 235-pounds. The Peach State product is one of the top Kickers in the East and is receiving interest from a number of schools, including Rutgers.

Brian Heinze finds himself down south these days, finishing his Junior HS year at Mill Creek HS, in Georgia. Heinze, however, is quite familiar with Rutgers, having grown up in the Garden State.

"I grew up in Middletown, NJ (Monmouth County), so Rutgers was always pretty accessible either by radio or TV. I actually remember listening to the Miami game, that one year when they were ranked number-one and RU was beating them in the first half. Obviously they did not win that game, but that was memorable at that time," stated Heinze.

Indeed, that particular season (2001) signalled, to those watching intently enough, that the Scarlet Knights were much closer to turning around the program than not. And Heinze had a first-hand glimpse of it all.

Heinze has yet to receive his initial offer but is seeing most of his early interest from a couple of name programs: Rutgers and Georgia.

"I've been a fan [of Rutgers] since I was little. My dad went there so I grew up watching them," continued Heinze.

Heinze had an opportunity to visit Rutgers prior to the conclusion of spring practice. The Peach State kicker left Piscataway with a very good impression of the current state of the program.

"I've only gotten to see a bit of the school because I'm so far, but I was blown away by the Hale Center, especially the weight room. It was ridiculous how nice it was. Plus, the stadium was great, and I can't imagine how nice it's going to look after the expansion is finished," offered Heinze.

Alhough Rutgers has yet to extend an offer there does apear to be mutual interest.

"Coach Pinkham is going to come down to my school and watch me kick during our spring practice. After that I'll be heading to the Specialists Camp at the stadium in June. So, hopefully an offer is on the horizon."

Heinze is being recruited by Coach Ed Pinkham and the Georgia standout offered his thoughts on his relationship to RU's Secondary Coach and his feelings on RU's Head Coach, Greg Schiano.

"I love how energetic he [Schiano] is when he's coaching. He seems like he really enjoys it. I really like Coach Pinkham. He's a really cool guy and has treated me as well as I could have asked for when I was at the spring practices," stated Heinze.

In addition to Rutgers and Georgia, Heinze will also be taking a look at Temple and West Virginia.

Heinze states that while he is a well-rounded kicker, he does have his obvious strengths. "Right now I'd say my bread and butter are field goals. I can hit 50-yarders off the ground. My kickoffs range from around 65 to 70 yards, so they're hitting mid to back of the endzone from the 40."

Heinze will be making the rounds and attending a variety of camps and combines over the next several months in the hope of increasing exposure. During this time, SOR will continue to monitor the southern standout's recruitment.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com

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