JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The spring football season marked an anniversary that Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles offensive tackle Jon Heck would rather forget. A year ago, Heck suffered a foot injury that led to him losing his junior season due to surgery.
Fast forward to the 2011 spring and the 6-foot-7, 280-pound lineman is back on the field, happy to be battling with his teammates.
"It has been great getting back on the field," Heck said. "I was out for a long time, so I had a chip on my shoulder with being out for such a long time. I just wanted to get back out here and hit somebody."
"There was a little bit of rust," Heck added. "I had gone through rehab, so after a few days I was getting back into it."
Heck, who entered the spring with an offer from Virginia, is hoping to make an impression on college coaches over the month of May. Amongst the schools that have swung through Bolles to check on Heck has been Boston College, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Virginia. Another ACC team has joined the Cavaliers on his offer list recently.
"North Carolina offered me (Tuesday)," Heck said. "Coach (Sam) Pittman offered me. He just told me that he spoke to my head coach and that if it was alright with me, they were giving me a scholarship."
Earlier this year, Heck visited Chapel Hill and learned a good bit about the Tar Heels.
"I absolutely loved Coach Pittman when I visited there," Heck said. "It is a beautiful area up there. I actually have some family up there. I love the campus. They have great academics. I just really love Coach Pittman and Coach (Butch) Davis."
With two offers in hand, Heck is hoping that his list continues to grow. With regards to making decisions, he is in no rush.
"I am going to take my time," Heck said.
On Wednesday, Heck was knocked out of practice by a knee injury. The extent of the injury was not known by Heck as of Wednesday evening.