'13 season is Heidman's chance to shine

Even though Blinn has been known to produce a lot of talented prospects, one of the projected leaders of their defense this coming season, LB Kiel Heidman (6-1, 230), is still waiting to get noticed. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented linebacker recently and he updated us on where things currently stand on the recruiting front as well as what he does best on the football field...

"I've got pretty good instincts and I'm good against both the pass and the run, but I'm probably better against the pass," Heidman told JCFootball.com recently. "In high school, I had never gotten good coaching when it came to pass-coverage, but when I got here, they showed me the right technique and that helped me a lot last year."

As a freshman this past fall, Heidman totaled a little over 30 tackles while starting two games and working into the rotation the rest of the season.

Because of that lack of playing time, schools have taken a "wait and see" approach to him, so much so that he hasn't really even talked to schools.

"This spring there were a lot of schools that came through, but I'm not really hearing from any of them," Heidman said.

This offseason he's been working hard on his speed and his strength, putting the time into things so that he can be one of the leaders of what promises to be a talented Blinn defense.

"I've been running and lifting a lot and also studying film," Heidman noted. "I want to be a leader on this team and that means I have to have my game at the best it can be."

Heidman is a good student and enjoyed a solid career at Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas, but didn't get much in the way of attention on the recruiting trail.

"I had hurt my hamstring in my junior year, so when it came time to go to camps and coaches saw me run bad 40 times, that was pretty much it," Heidman lamented. "I finished with 140 tackles my senior season and I had 80 tackles-for-loss in my career in high school, so it wasn't like I couldn't play, but we went 0-10 my senior year and with me not showing well at camps due to my injury, that hurt my cause."

Heidman has spent the past two quarters on the honor roll at Blinn and sports a 3.84 overall GPA, so he can leave at any time, but he plans to return to Blinn this fall and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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