The Utah Utes hosted their annual UteShoot 7 on 7 tournament today. While a lot of top prospects…
Introduction 2015: Tight End Nate Heaps
"I played last season at 210, and was primarily playing in the slot," Heaps explained. "But since the end of the football season I have put on a solid 25 pounds and am feeling great. I am going to be a true tight end this season. I am bigger, faster, stronger, and more tough. My strength coach, Dave Stroshine is one of the best out there. He has really helped me get stronger and more explosive. I feel like some big things are on the horizon."
Heaps has been dominate during the Mountain West Elite Camp in Salt Lake City and is undoubtedly one of the best prospects out there. He is running well, catching everything, and a constant mismatch for defenders.
"The goal is to play college football after I get back from my mission," Heaps claimed. "I knew I needed to get better so I began to work out harder, take nutrition seriously, and put in the extra time working on routes and techniques. I don't want to be a good high school football player, I want to be a good college football player."
Heaps is well on his way to that goal, out of all the Utah prospects in still in search of their first offer, Heaps may be the best of the bunch. He has a tremendous football IQ, which also translates to the classroom where he holds a 3.96 GPA. His game tape from last year shows his fluidity as an athlete, as he caught 47 passes, but the lack of blocking and physicality may be what's holding colleges back.
"I've had a few college coaches tell me that they need to see me blocking before they know that I am the guy they want at tight end," Heaps said. "I am confident my senior year will show me as that physical tight end that can be used as a sixth offensive linemen or a weapon in the passing game."
While Heaps is "under the radar" there are a handful of colleges that have been checking him out when they stop by American Fork High School this spring.
"I've heard from Boise State, Stanford, Washington State, Navy, Utah , Utah State, and BYU recently," Heaps claimed. "I've received a lot of invites to camps this summer. There are some coaches telling me that they will be evaluating how I play this season very closely. 2014 is going to be a good year for me and more importantly my team. I plan to have a big season and hopefully the coaches see what they want and those offers come."
From what Heaps has shown at MWE this spring he is going to break out in a big way this up coming season. He has the tools to be a BCS caliber tight end. People won't be sleeping on Nate Heaps for much longer.
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