April 7, 2010

Heeney receives CSU offer

Colorado State has mined the talented football fields of Florida, Texas and California over the past two seasons in mass, but the Rams have also done well to pick up regional talent to complete their recruiting class. This season, the Rams' search for regional talent has led them to Hutchinson (Kan.) defender Ben Heeney.

Heeney was an All-League honoree for the Salthawks of Hutchinson High School after finishing his Junior year second on the team in tackles and picked off three passes. He also played some running back last season scoring four touchdowns. Heeney claims a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a 290-pound bench press, 405-pound squat and a grade-point average of 3.7.

"I feel like I run people down and I can hit them pretty hard," Heeney said.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Heeney scored his first scholarship offer Tuesday night as Colorado State Defensive Line Coach Scott Brown made the offer over the phone.

"I met him (Brown) last year in May and I saw him in our weightlifting class." Heeney said. "They said they just got my film and they liked what I saw. Last night I called him and we talked for about 20 minutes and he offered me during the end of the conversation. I was really surprised and really happy. It was an honor to be thought of as a D-I player."

Heeney said he will likely visit Colorado State this spring and is researching CSU through the Web. Heeney said Brown told him he could see the Rocky Mountains from the campus.

"My dad told me if he could live anywhere in the United States, it is Colorado," the younger Heeney said. "He would love for me to go there. He knows more about the school than I do. Colorado State is looking pretty good."

This spring will see Heeney attend spring games in Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma. He said both of his parents went to Kansas and he has been a Jayhawk fan for most of his life. However, he wouldn't say KU is his favorite right now.

"I like all of the schools I have talked to already," he said. "I just want to see who all offers me a scholarship."

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