ORLANDO, Fla. - Three-star safety Clinton Heaven and Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee ended the season with a 40-0 victory over Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast to claim the Class 7A State Championship. For Heaven, going out on top is a great feeling.
"It is an amazing feeling," Heaven said. "My senior year we win a state title. My sophomore year we fell short. We just came out with the intensity level that we needed tonight to take it home. This is a very special thing for me.
"It was definitely worth every minute of work we put in," Heaven added.
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The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety now plans to turn his focus towards recruiting.
"I am going to take some visits," Heaven said. "Signing Day is right around the corner so I have a lot of thinking to do."
The Sunshine State prospect has scheduled two official visits.
"So far I have two visits set to Vanderbilt and West Virginia," Heaven said. "I am considering using my other three. I just have to see where I want to go with those."
Those visits will be on January 13th to West Virginia and January 20th to Vanderbilt.
Another school that has been heavily mentioned by Heaven in the past is North Carolina. With a coaching change in Chapel Hill, he wasn't sure if he was still on their board. He was provided clarity on that subject on Thursday evening.
"They are still in the picture," Heaven said. "Coach (Larry) Fedora called me last night and told me that the new staff is still interested in recruiting me and they want me to come up there on an official visit."
Other schools that Heaven said are in contention for visits are Central Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa State. He claims no leader at this point.
"Can't really say one stands out," Heaven said. "Once I take all my officials I'll be able to make a decision then."
When Heaven isn't on a college campus taking a visit, he intends to keep working hard in preparation for his future.
"I just know I am preparing to travel to a whole different ballgame," Heaven said. "I know I have to step my game up. I plan to be in the weight room and working hard so I am prepared when I get to college."