November 22, 2010
Heiar impressed with Spartan experience
With Michigan state set top graduate both D.J. Young and J'Michael Deane the Spartan staff is looking to address the offense tackle spot with a talented junior college prospect. This past weekend they had Dan Heiar of Iowa Western Community College on campus. Spartanmag.com spoke with the 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect and got the details on his visit to Spartan Country and his recruitment.
Heiar is one of the top junior college offensive linemen in the nation for the class of 2011. With scholarship offers coming from BCS programs from coast to coast, he has plenty of options. The visit to Michigan State was Heiar's third official recruiting trip and he had a lot of positive things to say about the Spartan program
"I really liked it out there," Heiar said. "I liked the players and the coaches. The facilities were the best I have seen and the game atmosphere was amazing. Everything about the visit was great."
With junior college players it is not just about liking the school itself, but the player must see that he has an opportunity to make an early contribution at the school. With both starting tackles graduating, the opportunity to come in and compete is definitely there.
SpartanMag.com asked Heiar about spending time with the other Spartan lineman and Coach Dan Roushar.
"I spent a lot of time hanging out with Joel Foreman and Connor (Kruse), they were great guys. I also was able to talk with Coach Roushar a lot about how I would fit in. I was able to sit in on the offense line meetings and see how Coach Roushar addressed his players so that was great to see. He is supposed to comeback out to Iowa to see me. I believe he is going to come and see my parents as well."
Coach Roushar is serving as the primary recruiter of Heiar and that makes things pretty easy. Heiar is able to develop rapport with the person who will be helping him take his game to the next level, if he decides to wear Green and White.
Heiar is current in the process of preparing for a bowl game the weekend of December 4th. Iowa Western will be flying out to Salt lake City, Utah to play Snow Community College in the Top of the Mountains Bowl on December 4th. Iowa western (9-1) has had an outstanding season; they won the Midwest Football Conference Title and defeated nationally ranked Grand Rapids Community College.
The visit to East Lansing was Heiar 3rd so far and he provided us with some insight on his plans for the next few weeks.
"I still have my visit set up with Utah for December 11th and I also may try and make it down to TCU as well. They have not offered yet, but they want me to come down there and they said they would not bring me down if they were not going to offer."
One of the reasons why the Spartans really like Heiar, in addition to his talent, is due to the fact that he is a solid student who will be graduating early. Many players that attend junior colleges do so because they need to shore up their academics, that was not the case for Heiar. He used the JUCO route to improve his game and turn himself into a high-level Division 1 prospect.
"I was a full academic qualifier coming out of high school. If I go to Michigan State I will be there in January. Right now things are looking pretty good for Michigan State, they made a really good impression."
Spartanmag.com will be sure to follow-up with Heir in the near future. Interestingly, if Heiar does takes his talent to Michigan State it is possible that the Spartans will start a pair of Iowa products come August 31st 2010. David Barrent is also from Iowa and he and Heiar actually graduated from high school the same year.
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