Iowa Western's Heiar gets early attention

Iowa Western is only in the second-year of their football program, but that doesn't mean they aren't producing D-1 caliber recruits. OT Dan Heiar (6-5, 280) is a player who already has two offers and more schools eyeing what he can do and recently he spoke to about how things are going so far this summer and the time frame he's hoping to stick by before he makes a decision…

"I lived in a town (Goose Lake, Ia.) with 300 people and I graduated with 60 people in my senior class," Heiar told recently. "I really wasn't recruited much just because no one ever really came to see us play, but I wanted to keep playing and Iowa Western's coaches had me come down and visit them and I really liked what they were doing.

"The school is far enough away from home that you don't have to deal with being too close, but you're still close enough to drive home for a weekend if you want to.

"It was only the first year of the program and I felt like it would be a great situation to come in and play football, have a chance to learn some stuff and get them started on their way."

As a freshman who started every game while weighing in at only 240 pounds, Heiar mainly played the weakside tackle position, but did sub into the strongside spot when the starter there went down.

"In our offense you have to know both sides, right or left," Heiar said. "Playing on either side is pretty easy for me. I know some guys struggle with that, but I really don't."

Now, Heiar says he's put on 40 pounds and has gotten a lot of his bulk from weight lifting.

"In high school, I was pretty much bigger than everyone else, so I didn't really lift at all before I got here," Heiar admitted. "I've added over 40 pounds to my bench (currently at 315 pounds), over 50 to my squat (currently at 455 pounds) and over 40 to my power-clean (currently at 275 pounds).

"Now I'm just working on keeping weight on and continuing to add muscle to my frame. I've been home for a couple weeks and working on our farm, it's been tough to keep weight on, but I'm eating over 5,000 calories a day and doing what I can before I head back to school."

On the recruiting front, Heiar already has two offers and several more schools eyeing him.

"I have full scholarship offers from Wyoming and Florida International right now," Heiar said. "I'm getting a lot of letters from a bunch of different schools, but I'm not really interested in talking about them right now.

"I want to take my time, take my visits after my season and then decide where I want to end up."

Heiar is a solid student and could leave right now, but plans to return to Iowa Western for his sophomore season and then sign with a school in December where he will have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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