Heimuli In No Rush For Decision

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli has ten schools on list and time on his side, choosing to wait out the process and wait until after his season to whittle his list down...

Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli (6-4, 295) narrowed his choices of schools down to ten in late July, but it may be a while before he starts trimming that list any more.

"It's not going to be until later, until the after season sometime, that I narrow it down to five," said Heimuli. "I might take two visits or something during the season. But no school has stepped out as a leader."

The ten schools Heimuli shrunk his list to was Oregon, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Cal, Washington, Michigan State, Utah, Nebraska and UCLA.

"They were just different from all of the others that offered," said Heimuli. "Different in their own ways but they are all pretty equal actually."

Heimuli has been invited to the U.S. Army All-American Game but he said he's not sure he'll be able to pick a school by the time he arrives in San Antonio.

"I'm not sure yet when I announce, we'll see what happens," said Heimuli.

From the ten, Heimuli has been to four of them, and a few could get return visits.

"I've just seen Utah, UCLA, USC and Oregon State," said Heimuli. "But I might visit a couple of those officially, I'm not sure. Utah, I probably won't visit officially because I can go there anytime."

Heimuli said there is a big pull to the Utes, who are coming off a season where they won the Sugar Bowl and finished #2 in the country.

"Everyone is telling me to stay home and go to Utah," said Heimuli. "There is kind of a lot of pressure. My cousin (Latu) is going up there too."

But Heimuli said he's considering the Utes equally with the other nine schools.

"Like I said, I don't have a favorite, and everyone is equal with each other," said Heimuli.

A top ten tackle nationally, Heimuli has camped at Utah, BYU and USC, and said the latter camp was the best he attended.

"That was the one I felt I was the most competitive at and there was the most competition at," said Heimuli.

Heimuli and his Brighton teammates began Fall practice on Monday.

Academically, he has a 3.2 GPA and he already achieved a qualifying SAT score.


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