There is a very good reason that four-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli (6-4, 280, 4.9) from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton is one of the most sought after players in the western region. He's big, had brute strength and quickness. All things that prerequisites for success at the money position of defensive tackle.
Rivals.com caught up with Heimuli to see how his senior season went and his recruiting is going.
"Our season went pretty well," Heimuli said. "Not as good as I wanted it to be, but better than most people expected it to be."
Brighton ended up 6-4 while playing in one of the toughest if not the toughest conference in the state.
Now that the season is over, is Heimuli thinking more about his recruitment?
"Just a little bit," Heimuli said. "Not a whole lot, but more than I was during the season.
"I have one visit set up and I already took one visit," Heimuli said. "I have a visit set up to Oregon and I visited Oregon State during the season.
"Oregon State was pretty fun," Heimuli said. "Corvallis is a nice small town and not too bad. It would be a good place to live. Nice and quiet. Oregon State was better than I expected."
"I will be heading out to Oregon the week they play Oregon State (December 3rd)," Heimuli said. "I'm not thinking about any other visits at the moment."
Are the two Oregon schools, Heimuli's favorites?
"No, they were just two schools that I wanted to check out," Heimuli said. "There are no favorites, no tops, no nothing, just still pretty open to everyone."
"I'm not even sure what schools that I will take my last three visits to," Heimuli said. "I still haven't got to that point."
Though Heimuli is a westerner, he doesn't have a preference what conference he wants to play in. He just wants to play.
The two Los Angeles schools are recruiting Heimuli pretty hard.
"With UCLA and USC, I'm pretty chill," Heimuli said. "I talk to Coach (UCLA offensive coordinator) Norm Chow and (USC assistant coach) Brian Schneider a lot, so I still keep in contact with both of them.
"I've been to both (UCLA and USC) places already and those two schools are really, really nice," Heimuli said. "Both coaching staffs are cool. There is a possibility that I visit one or both of them."
Besides Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and USC, Heimuli is also interested in West Virginia, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Tennessee, BYU, Utah, and Wyoming.
Heimuli is getting ready to start narrowing things out.
"I'm not going to lie," Heimuli said. "All these phone calls are stressing me out. I'm hoping to sit down think about it and talk to my parents and family what they think so hopefully soon I can come out with a top list."
Heimuli earned a spot on the Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2010 landing as the nation's No. 89 prospect at any position. He was also selected to the Rivals.com Utah Midseason Top 20 team as the Beehive State's No. 2 prospect at any position.