"I always wanted to go to UCLA. It was my dream school, and I wanted to do whatever I could to go there. It's a great degree, a great education. My dad and I talked about it, and everything he asked me, the answer came up UCLA," said Heater.
Heater attended UCLA's one-day camp on June 6th where he impressed the UCLA coaches. He called UCLA a few days later and the coaches offered him a scholarship. At the time he said he would seriously consider committing soon.
Heater chose UCLA over Oregon.
Making the decision to commit to UCLA all the more easy was his familiarity with the staff.
His father, Chuck, the recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Utah, coached at Colorado in the mid-1990s, and was on staff when UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell was the Buffs' offensive coordinator. Chuck also coached with offensive coordinator Tom Cable, tight end coach Jon Embree and strength & conditioning coach Doc Kreis with the Buffs. In addition, he coached with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr at Colorado State and coached linebacker coach Brian Schneider when he was a player for CSU.
"Knowing a lot of the staff had a big impact on my decision. There is a real family atmosphere there. I've known Coach Dorrell since I was five, and Coach Cable a while too. These guys are like family to me. Coach Cable went to my high school, too, and we camped at Idaho when he was there. Coach Embree would be my position coach and I've known him a long time. Coming from out of state, knowing the staff will help me. It won't be easy though. Coach Cable said he is going to be harder on me," said Heater.
While his dad is coaching at Utah, after being at schools like Notre Dame, Washington and Ohio State, Heater's older brother, Andy, plays football for the Huskies. Being around college football his whole life has prepared him for this point.
"My brother was real excited for me. He didn't give me a hard time about committing to UCLA. He's been encouraging me, telling me when I go, the number one thing is to work hard and be prepared every day."
Last year, Heater spent the majority of his games blocking at his tight end position, something he has to do a lot of in Snohomish's Wing-T offense. This year, though, he expects it to open up a little.
"We're supposed to be throwing the ball more this year, so I should get some passes. But the benefit of this offense is I am doing a lot of blocking and a lot of tight ends, when they get to college, they don't know how to block real well, just know how to catch passes."
While UCLA is recruiting him as tight end, he could also end up either on the defensive or offensive line.
"I'll play wherever they want to put me. I'm going in as a tight end, but if they want me to play tackle or defensive end, I could do that."
Heater is also very good friends with a prime UCLA basketball recruiting target, 6-7 junior power forward Jon Brockman, also from Snohomish.
He has a 3.0 GPA and gets his SAT scores this weekend.