The man of many camps

Eric Heckaman plans to be here, there and everywhere with more than a dozen one-day visits

Eric Heckaman, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound class of 2006 quarterback prospect at South Bend (Ind.) John Adams, is ready for a busy summer.

"I'm actually heading to over 20 one-day camps," Heckaman said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "Wisconsin I'm going to on the 27th."

Last weekend Heckaman camped at Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Thursday he planned on attending a camp at Indiana and Friday he was to be at Ball State.

"Sunday I'll be going to Northern Illinois," he said. "And then somewhere in the middle of the week after that I'll be going to Purdue. I'm going to Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and that's all I can think of right now."

Twenty days at one-day camps may seem like a lot, but it is somewhat similar to what Heckaman did last summer when he attended five four-day camps.

"I went to Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ball State and Illinois (last summer)," Heckaman said.

This summer Heckaman is looking for exposure. He has received significant interest to this point in the recruiting process, but has yet to reap a scholarship offer.

"It's going to be a little different this year but it should be exciting," he said. "I think I can show all the schools what I'm about and maybe get an offer or two."

In May Heckaman received telephone calls from Purdue, Ball State, Indiana State and Western Michigan.

Does he have any favorites?

"I'm really wide open but I'm really hoping Purdue would give me a lot of interest and maybe an offer," Heckaman said.

Growing up in South Bend, Heckaman said his favorite college football team has always been Notre Dame. "But I like Purdue and their offense," he said. "I've talked to a couple of their coaches and they seem like they know what they're doing. I just love how they play. I've watched them over the years. I've always gone to the Notre Dame/Purdue game. It's always been a fun game to go to. Just the overall atmosphere at Purdue is just awesome."

Heckaman has been in touch with Wisconsin since his sophomore year.

"I sent them some information and they responded right back," he said. "They really sparked some interest and I was real excited about that. They were one of the first ones to talk to me in the beginning of my junior year. It was just an exciting thing and I really like their facilities and I love the campus down there. It's beautiful."

Heckaman has considerable interest in the Badgers.

"They are right up there with Purdue," he said. "I talked to the quarterback coach (Jeff Horton) and he seemed real great. He seemed interested in me. Had a couple hand written letters from him. They seem interested and I really like their facilities and what they're doing, what they did last year. And they're just a great program."

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