Two years ago, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) lineman Adam Heigis was learning how to rush the quarterback - He since moved to the offensive line and is now one of the latest rising prospects to commit to the San Jose State Spartans.
In the offseason between his sophomore and junior seasons was when he first made the move to offense.
“At first in high school when I moved to offensive line, I was against it,” Heigis said. “I liked defense better. But as soon as I played my first game at offensive line I just knew that was the place for me. I’m in love with it. I love being mean and I love knocking people around. The coach wanted me to play offensive line and I didn’t really have a say in it, but I’m glad he made me do it.”
Heigis is playing guard at Orange Lutheran, but was told by the Spartan staff that he would likely play tackle at the next level. He was about 6-foot-3 when he made the switch, grew to 6-foot-5 in his junior year and now stands at 6-foot-5.5 and 285 pounds - making him a good fit at tackle at the next level.
Over the summer, Heigis participated in San Jose State’s camp at Serra HS in Gardena, where the staff first slotted him in at tackle.
“I was told at the camp that I would be a tackle and I played tackle at the camp,” Heigis said. “So I assume tackle, but I’ll just play anywhere.”
Although he plays the guard position at Orange Lutheran, the team runs a triple option offense. Heigis expects some of the concepts from his guard spot to San Jose’s tackle position to translate.
“I think the transition will be pretty easy because the guard position I play is not typical,” Heigis said. “It’s a lot of pulling and a lot of movement for blocking linebackers. I think the transition won’t be too difficult.”
Heigis’s recruitment progressed with a scholarship after the camp, but had previously taken an unofficial visit to the school last season when the Spartans hosted Colorado State.
“I’ve been up there, I’ve watched a game and I think their program is headed towards doing great things and I want to be a part of that,” Heigis said. “It was a really good environment. I thought there were a lot of diehard fans and everyone seemed pretty into it and I liked that.”
Proximity to home was also a plus for SJSU in Heigis’s decision.
“It’s a five-hour drive which is also really convenient for my parents because my parents would love to see me play,” He said. “That was also a factor in my commitment.”
Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich has been the primary recruiter for Heigis with outside linebacker coach Joe Staab also being involved.
“I have a pretty close relationship with Stenovich because he’s the offensive line coach,” Heigis said. “We talk on a regular basis. I think we have good chemistry between us.”
Heigis will take an unofficial visit to San Jose State for the Oct. 24 matchup versus New Mexico and plans to take his official visit sometime in January. He doesn’t plan on visiting any other schools.
Aside from SJSU, Heigis held an offer from San Diego and camped with Boise State over the summer.
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