Committed Over: San Diego
On Film: Adam Heigis stars primarily at left guard. His Orange Lutheran High School runs a triple option, under-center offense. Heigis is a featured blocker in the offense, used in pull assignments. Heigis does well to pick up the last defender and open running room for the running back.
With his offense, it is natural that Heigis would come in as a strong runner blocker, but will likely need some coaching up when it comes to his pass-blocking abilities.
“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.”
Recruiting Impact: Heigis was an under-the-radar recruit who was given a two-star rating by Scout. A position change may have played a role. He was playing defensive end in high school until his junior year when his coaches made a change. After his first year on the line, San Jose State was one of the first schools to notice him and offer, along with San Diego. He camped with Boise State, but was not offered. Heigis also had a growth spurt of about three inches in the time frame.
SJSU Offensive Line Coach Adam Stenovich was his primary recruiter.
Heigis rounds out a solid group of three offensive line recruits in the 2016 class. While he was the lowest rated of the three incoming offensive linemen, he is the biggest at over 6-foot-6 and 290 lbs.
Quotable: “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.”
Coach's Comment: "Adam is a physical and imposing offensive line prospect. He comes off the ball in a physical manner and will help us in the offensive line." - SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher
Final Thought: Heigis does not jump out with his recruiting background, but his position switch, offense and growth spurt may make him a late-riser that pays off in a big way for SJSU.