Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton four-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli has not been one for the spotlight off the field.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle openly admits he would rather spend time training for the season or taking care of homework from summer school than do interviews with reporters.
He also admits he "hates talking on his cell phone."
That's why his brother, Sefo Heimuli, has played a big role in Heimuli's recruiting progress. It was through Sefo Heimuli that big news about the defensive tackle's status was revealed.
"Ricky has just narrowed his list down to a top 10 from his 21 offers," Sefo Heimuli said. "He will name his top five during the season, but the top 10 in no particular order is – Oregon, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Cal, Washington, Michigan State, Utah, Nebraska and UCLA."
The reduction eliminates Arizona, Arizona State, in-state BYU, Colorado, LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington State, Utah State and others from consideration.
Heimuli is a member of the LDS church and has not decided on whether or not he will serve a two year church mission when he turns 19, but the possibility has been discussed with all interested parties.
"I talked to the coaches and asked them if it was ok if I enroll a season and then decide to go on a mission and they said it's Ok," Heimuli said in an earlier interview with Rivals.com.
"So I will probably play a year wherever I go and then make a decision on whether or not I want to go."
As a junior, Heimuli racked up 40 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and five sacks. He's impressed at several stops this summer, including most recently at USC's Rising Star Camp in Los Angeles. He is currently ranked as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and a member of the Rivals250.