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Player: Ricky Heimuli

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Position: DT

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 280 lbs.

40 time: 4.9

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Scholarships: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Colorado, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State, West Virginia

Favorites: Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Washington

 

COMMITTED TO OREGON

 

Rivals: :star:star:star:star

Scout: :star:star:star:star

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If we can get him in we have a real shot. Our D should be much improved and Suh should have a huge year. Plus we have need on the D-line. But with USC and his cousin's school, Utah, in the mix it'll be an up-hill fight.

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Thought his last name rang a bell, hopefully he lasts to even get a visit here. Some big schools in the running for this one.

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per Scout: Four-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli isn't ready to name any leaders, but his mom was very impressed with the USC Trojans after a recent trip to Los Angeles. “I think that is her favorite school,” Heimuli said.

...Heimuli is LDS and wants to take his mission after his freshman year in college. “My plan is to try to play as a freshman and then after my freshman season I will head out for two years,” he explained. “Then I will come back for the remaining years."

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per Scout: Four-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli isn't ready to name any leaders, but his mom was very impressed with the USC Trojans after a recent trip to Los Angeles. “I think that is her favorite school,” Heimuli said.

...Heimuli is LDS and wants to take his mission after his freshman year in college. “My plan is to try to play as a freshman and then after my freshman season I will head out for two years,” he explained. “Then I will come back for the remaining years."

 

I guarantee that won't happen as planned. Freshman year is a big year development wise for any player, whether you play or not. A team is not gonna allow him to basically throw that year away by going on a mission for 2 years, then expect him to come back football ready.

 

Ricky is a talent and I'm sure there will be teams more than willing to let him do his mission. But he needs to do it right out of HS so he still has all the eligibility he needs.

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per Scout: Four-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli isn't ready to name any leaders, but his mom was very impressed with the USC Trojans after a recent trip to Los Angeles. “I think that is her favorite school,” Heimuli said.

...Heimuli is LDS and wants to take his mission after his freshman year in college. “My plan is to try to play as a freshman and then after my freshman season I will head out for two years,” he explained. “Then I will come back for the remaining years."

 

I guarantee that won't happen as planned. Freshman year is a big year development wise for any player, whether you play or not. A team is not gonna allow him to basically throw that year away by going on a mission for 2 years, then expect him to come back football ready.

 

Ricky is a talent and I'm sure there will be teams more than willing to let him do his mission. But he needs to do it right out of HS so he still has all the eligibility he needs.

Yeah I bet his plan won't go as he is expecting, especially if he goes to USC

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per Scout: With 21 schools on his offers list, including every school in the PAC 10, four-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli says Michigan’s history with LDS athletes help it stand out.

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Scout says he trimmed his list to a top ten. We appear to have made it, as we're still listed as a team of interest... but you never know. Can anybody confirm this?

 

Yeah, we're still in it. With some pretty stiff competition, though.

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Yeah, even though we made the list.... it'd take a lot to get this kid to start seriously considering us.

 

Rivals lists top NINE as Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, UCLA, Utah, Washington... with no interest in any other teams. Who is that tenth team? I don't really care, just odd.

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Scout in its West roundup says it is still wide open for this guy and Nebraska is still on his interest list. His only visits set are Oregon and Oregon State so could Nebraska make a run and get a visit? Or are we done at DT? You would think we'd have already fallen off his list if so.

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I think we're pretty set at DT. The last couple classes have had some pretty good recruits.... Obviously Jay Guy comes to mind this year. And I feel Thad Randle from last year's class was super underrated. He was first team All State in Texas, along with Rex. Many feel that Ankrah from last year and Chase this year will both grow into DT's eventually. Oh yeah, and throw Jake Cotton in there... :rollin . Seriously, though, I hope Jake proves all the doubters wrong by pulling a Todd Peterson or, better yet, a Russ Hochstein (he was a NE guy) and proves all the doubters wrong, and then some. I think we may be done at DT this year, having 1 DT and FIVE DEs committed. The train may have passed Ricky by.

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

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I dont see Ankrah moving to DT. Chase Rome will be treated as a DT from day one from what I have heard. But the coaching staff likes Ankrah at DE. Steinkuhler is the one who is going to have to step up and have a huge off season.

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

 

Dont want mormons though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

:sarcasm

 

just kidding

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

If it hurts the team then no I don't. I want quality citizens on the team and you don't have to believe in God to be one of those.

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Hey... just gotta say... if anyone remembers South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut... according to that, mormons are the "correct" religion and they will get into heaven :)

 

......dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

If it hurts the team then no I don't. I want quality citizens on the team and you don't have to believe in God to be one of those.

 

 

 

You are right and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. However, I personally want quality citizens as well, but I want them to have personal relationships with God before anything else. :)

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

If it hurts the team then no I don't. I want quality citizens on the team and you don't have to believe in God to be one of those.

 

being religious or putting god first in no way hurts the team. for that matter, taking a mission isn't that bad either. assuming the kid stays in shape while he's gone, it gives him a couple of extra years to mature and fill out.

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

i don't, but that's not a discussion for this forum.

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I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

If it hurts the team then no I don't. I want quality citizens on the team and you don't have to believe in God to be one of those.

 

 

 

You are right and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. However, I personally want quality citizens as well, but I want them to have personal relationships with God before anything else. :)

Well that is your point of view, but not one I will share. I don't care what religion a person is or is not, a religion choice doesn't necessarily define a person. I just want quality individuals who believe in being quality on and off of the field regardless of their religion choice.

 

I'll say that this is 1 rivals 100 guy I really dont want to land. I've heard that he wants to play his freshmen year & then go on a mission (he's mormon I think). Theres nothing wrong with that, but I want our staff to recruit guys whos #1 priority (besides school) is to play football for Nebraska

 

 

 

I disagree. I would love for every player on our team to have God as their #1 priority.

If it hurts the team then no I don't. I want quality citizens on the team and you don't have to believe in God to be one of those.

 

being religious or putting god first in no way hurts the team. for that matter, taking a mission isn't that bad either. assuming the kid stays in shape while he's gone, it gives him a couple of extra years to mature and fill out.

So taking a year off from a College Strength and Conditioning program isn't going to hurt him at all? He may be able to work out, but not being in the program under supervision and dedicated nutrition tracking has to hurt him a bit IMO.

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he will still have the same overall number of years spent in our program, and assuming he takes his mission after the first year, he will still have four straight years in our S&C program, as an older player. would you rather have a 24 year old DT or a 22 year old DT?

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He will also be able to switch colleges after his mission too. Since he will sit out for a year during his mission he will be able to go through recruitment again. Manti T'eo (sp?) the ND linebacker will be able to be recruited again after he does his mission next year.

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he will still have the same overall number of years spent in our program, and assuming he takes his mission after the first year, he will still have four straight years in our S&C program, as an older player. would you rather have a 24 year old DT or a 22 year old DT?

Yeah but he won't be a factor either his first year or the year after he gets back since he will have been out of the program for a full year, you lose 2 of the 5 years of eligibility.

 

He will also be able to switch colleges after his mission too. Since he will sit out for a year during his mission he will be able to go through recruitment again. Manti T'eo (sp?) the ND linebacker will be able to be recruited again after he does his mission next year.

Another reason why I am not a big fan. If a player is a great talent and wants to do this then I think you take him, but if you have equal options that want to come on board also I think you stay away IMO. NU seems pretty set at DT right now, need a DE more at this stage.

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he will still have the same overall number of years spent in our program, and assuming he takes his mission after the first year, he will still have four straight years in our S&C program, as an older player. would you rather have a 24 year old DT or a 22 year old DT?

Yeah but he won't be a factor either his first year or the year after he gets back since he will have been out of the program for a full year, you lose 2 of the 5 years of eligibility.

 

He will also be able to switch colleges after his mission too. Since he will sit out for a year during his mission he will be able to go through recruitment again. Manti T'eo (sp?) the ND linebacker will be able to be recruited again after he does his mission next year.

Another reason why I am not a big fan. If a player is a great talent and wants to do this then I think you take him, but if you have equal options that want to come on board also I think you stay away IMO. NU seems pretty set at DT right now, need a DE more at this stage.

 

if you're assuming no first year player is a factor, then you expect to lose only one year of contribution as opposed to a high school recruit, and is basically the equivalent of a 4 to play 3 juco recruit. i agree that if you can get the same caliber player without the mission, go for it, but i wouldn't write anyone off solely because of it, particularly talented players at a position of need (and good DT's are always in need).

 

maybe the kid doesn't take the mission. maybe if he doesn't impress in his first year, you encourage him to look elsewhere after his mission.

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My only question is why doesn't he do his mission before going to college? I know other players in the past have done that. It just makes more sense to me.

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My only question is why doesn't he do his mission before going to college? I know other players in the past have done that. It just makes more sense to me.

I think they have to be a certain age to go on the mission so it might work for some depending on when they started school, got held back, etc. And they still aren't tied to the school. And the other thing that could happen if he enrolls before doing the mission is he decides not to go on his mission. This has happened to some players in the past.

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My only question is why doesn't he do his mission before going to college? I know other players in the past have done that. It just makes more sense to me.

I think they have to be a certain age to go on the mission so it might work for some depending on when they started school, got held back, etc. And they still aren't tied to the school. And the other thing that could happen if he enrolls before doing the mission is he decides not to go on his mission. This has happened to some players in the past.

Mission is 2 years sometime between the age of 19-25, most choose to go after their freshman year. Nate Longshore of Cal dropped USC because Carroll wouldn't promise him that his scholarship would be there after he went on mission. So he went to Cal, and never went on his mission anyway. Many times it's a huge deal when LDS members decide to go away from BYU, lots of pressure from the church and community.

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Brighton (Salt Lake City, Utah) defensive lineman Ricky Heimuli has taken official visits to Oregon and Oregon State and has two more visits planned over the next two weeks.

 

"I'm going on my third official visit to UCLA this weekend," Heimuli told Justin Hopkins from Duckterritory.com. "I might go on my fourth official visit next weekend to Washington, but I'm not 100 percent certain on that.

 

"I'm not sure where I will take my fifth visit to at this point, but I'm pretty certain I will in fact take a 5th visit. I just don't know where yet. I honestly don't have any favorites right now and I'm still doing my homework on all these schools. I'll probably narrow my list down by the end of this month."

 

Along with the four Pac 10 schools mentioned, Heimuli also has a high interest in the two in-state schools, BYU and Utah. USC is another school the lineman has talked up in the past and Heimuli camped with the Trojans last summer.

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