Andrew Heinig is the newest recruit to commit to play for BYU football (Class of 2023). He announced his commitment yesterday, as reported on Twitter:
I am so grateful and blessed to have received an offer from BYU! Can’t wait to be a cougar! @BYUfootball @kalanifsitake @BYU_CoachJustin @coachtuiaki @247Sports @BYUFBRecruiting pic.twitter.com/lLAjHR1rIi
— Andrew Heinig (@Andrew_Heinig) August 5, 2022
Heinig is a 6-foot-6 270-pound offensive and defensive lineman that preps at Glenpool High School (Glenpool, Oklahoma), where as a junior he had 28 tackles (7 solo) with five tackles for loss. His junior season was his first full season of football as he transferred schools mid-way through his sophomore season from Riverfield Prep—a private 2A school without a football program.
What makes Heinig so intriguing as a recruit is how quickly he has grown and developed on the football field and in the weight room. He has been able to play multiple positions and is making huge progress year over year. Heinig has put on a lot of weight in the last year, but he’s also adding a lot of weight to his lifts. He can bench press 365, squat 520, and dead lift 610. And he’s determined to lift a lot more.
Prior to his transfer to Glenpool, Heinig played basketball. But this past year he narrowed his focus to football and track & field. He is the Oklahoma 6A state champion and a Metro Lakes All-Conference first team selection in the shotput, with a put of 58-feet-10.75 as a junior (Athletic.net). That mark is the farthest put in Oklahoma (all classifications) since 2018. Heinig will seek to improve on that mark as a senior in 2023 while also looking to be a state title contender in the discus.
BYU learned of Heinig in June at a BYU summer camp. He impressed coach Tuiaki and the other defensive coaches enough to receive a scholarship offer at the end of camp. And then it only took him a few weeks to make the decision to bring his talents to Provo.
“I grew up a Cougar fan, watching games with my family as early as third and fourth grades. I’ve always been a fan so when the offer came it was too good an opportunity to pass up.”
Great opportunity for Heinig, but an equally great opportunity for BYU as they secure the services of a very strong lineman with a ton of upside.
BYU’s last recruit that was a state champion in the shot put has done really well for himself. That recruit has grown and developed since high school, changed positions a few times, and is now expected to be drafted in the early rounds of the 2023 NFL draft. It’s too early to tell, but Drew Heinig could be the next Blake Freeland.