Heimuli details commitment date, mission plan

Four-star defensive lineman Ricky Heimuli (Brighton HS, Salt Lake City, Utah), Scout.com's No. 12 defensive tackle in the Class of 2010, has picked up six new offers in the last two weeks, with more possibly on the way. Now at 16 offers, Heimuli spoke with TheBootleg.com in an exclusive interview Thursday about his Stanford interest, and what he is looking for in a potential college destination.

"Its crazy," Ricky Heimuli said of his recruitment. "I don't know how to really explain it - there's just been a lot lately. I now have 16 offers, with my most recent one [Wednesday] from USC."

And while he declined to name a leader or a top-five, Heimuli has a clear idea of what he is looking for in a college.

"I still haven't narrowed my list down," Heimuli said. "I'm still trying to get to know the coaches more, and we'll see what goes on from there. I'm looking for a school with strong education, a family-oriented school and a team that gets along with each other and the coaches, as well as a positive environment around the school.

Heilumi said Stanford fits some of those criteria well.

"They have a really, really good education program, one of the top in nation," Heimuli said of Stanford. "That's a big plus right there for me."

Heimuli also had a favorable view of his Stanford recruiting coach, Lance Anderson.

"He's really chill," Heimuli said of Anderson. "I like him a lot. He's cool and makes sure I'm on top of everything."

While Heimuli currently plays both center and defensive tackle for his high school team, he is considered by most analysts, including Brandon Huffman, Scout.com's Western Recruiting Manager, to have more potential as a defensive tackle.

"Heimuli is one of the better run-stopping tackles you'll see in the west this year," Huffman said. "He's got a good quick first step and plays with a high motor. He's difficult to double-team because of his strength, and he's very athletic for his size. He's an effective pass rusher, but he's a guy you're hoping to see stop the run each play."

At a recent Under Armour combine, Heimuli ran a 4.9 forty-yard dash, posted 19 repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench press and ran a 4.7 shuttle.

Before Heimuli plays a down of college football, however, he plans on taking a two-year Mormon mission after graduating high school.

"Right now the mission is for sure," Heimuli said. "The Stanford coaches said that the mission was fine with them."

Heimuli reports a 3.3 GPA and is waiting on the results of his ACT. He plans to make a college choice at the end of his senior football season.


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