Heimuli Has Visit With UCLA Coaches

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli had UCLA coaches in for and in-home visit earlier this week, concluding a busy weekend before taking a break for the All-Star games he's been selected to...

Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli (6-4, 295) is spending the next few days in Hawaii as part of the Prep Aloha Bowl, bringing some of the country's top players to Hawaii for a Mainland-Polynesian Game.

But Heimuli was plenty busy before hitting the Islands.

Last weekend, the four-star defensive tackle visited Oregon officially.

"Oh man, it was really nice there," said Heimuli. "They have a great campus and great facilities there. My host was Wade Keliikipi. I got to go to the game against Oregon State and it was pretty tight there. That atmosphere was awesome. I also got to talk with Coach Oz (Tom Osborne) and had some good 1-on-1 time with Coach (Chip) Kelly and Coach (Nick) Aliotti."

Then when he returned home, he had an in-home visit with UCLA.

"I've only had one in-home visit, and it was with UCLA," said Heimuli. "They came on Sunday. Coach (Todd) Howard and Coach (Norm) Chow came in and they were just talking about the experience I'll have at UCLA and how I'll have a pretty high chance to play right away."

Heimuli has visited both Oregon and Oregon State and is planning to make three more visits.

"I'm taking a little break for the bowl in Hawaii and then I'll come home and go to San Antonio for the Army Game," said Heimuli. "But then I'll visit USC and UCLA in January. And then one more school."

Heimuli said he's still considering both of the in-state schools, BYU and Utah, seriously.

"But I'll most likely just take unofficial visits there and not official visits," said Heimuli.

Heimuli said his hopes are to come in and play early.

"I'll probably want to try and play as a true freshman because I'll take my (LDS) mission right after my freshman season. I'm trying to make that clear to the coaches," said Heimuli.

As of now, Heimuli isn't favoring anyone.

"I'm wide open right now," said Heimuli. "I'll probably decide closer to Signing Day."

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