Mountain View TE Brendan Heatherman (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
After a couple of winter/spring camps, visits and offers have been frequent for Brendan Heatherman
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
We saw Brendan Heatherman (2020 TE 6-4 240) compete at the recruit757 Uncommitted Senior Showcase as a rising senior just three months ago (January 2019).
In March, Heatherman earned an invitation to the recruit757/Sparta Science Showcase at Redskins Park. Again, he had a strong showing and at that point, he was starting to see recruiting interest build.
It’s been five weeks since that event, and Brendan’s recruitment has exploded.
Heatherman landed an offer from William and Mary after the senior showcase. It was his first Division I offer, much like Colt Minson of Bishop Sullivan, who also landed his first D1 offer after a strong performance at that even.
For Heatherman, offers from Penn and Youngstown State followed.
After the Sparta Showcase in mid-March, his recruitment took off.
Charlotte, Wofford, Appalachian State and Army offered by the end of March. He had also taken visits to Temple and Syracuse a weekend after the showcase. An Old Dominion visit happened in the first weekend of March.
Now that April has come, so have more offers.
Richmond, UConn, Harvard and Yale have offered this month.
College coaches not only notice Heatherman’s size and athleticism, they also notice his transcript. At the Sparta Showcase, Heatherman measured at 6-4 240 and he ran at 4.40 5-10-5 shuttle. He also carries a 3.43 GPA, which wouldn’t get him into an Ivy League school without his athletic ability, but together, athletics and good academics will open doors.
In just a matter of months, Brendan Heatherman has gone from no offers to double digits. He has some high academic options and he has some Division I FBS options. Add in Division I FCS schools and a service academy, and Brendan has a good variety to choose from. We couldn’t ask for much more.
For what it’s worth, Heatherman is currently a zero-star athlete. You don’t need Rivals, 247, the Nike Opening Regional or anyone else to stick a value on you. College coaches are looking at who you are and what you can do for their football program. College coaches AREN’T waiting for a national website to tell them why you’re a prospect.
Athletes, focus on character, grades, visits, and relationships with college coaches on top of focusing on your athleticism. If your grades aren’t good, or if you’re not growing deeper relationships with college coaches, you need to focus on that before going to yet another 7-on-7 tournament with your friends, especially if you’re coming into your senior year. If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet, you need to do that now. Don’t wait until the fall when you’re forced to take the test on a Saturday morning after playing football on Friday night.
Summer approaches, and Brendan can earn more offers at college one-day camps if he’s after more options. No one athlete’s recruitment is like any other, but we’re betting that Brendan is thrilled with his results so far, and we can see more doors opening for his as his final season of high school football is on the horizon.
– Andy Hilton