Junior day for most football programs is an opportunity for many of the local prospects to come in, get a look at the school, and provide an opportunity for the players to get a closer look at the program.
One player that participated this past weekend was Hutchinson safety Ben Heeney. Heeney is a 6'1" 200 pound safety from Hutchinson Kansas. On paper he looks an awful lot like one of this year's outside linebacker commitments in Jake Farley.
Heeney was a part of Hutchinson's state championship team this past season and is beginning to draw some interest from the local schools. He's very familiar with the Kansas program and his name has popped onto our radar here at RCT. Fortunately for us Ben gave a few minutes of his time to recap junior day, early recruiting and his feelings on the Jayhawks.
Ben Heeney Interview 2/9/10
Ben, first off why don’t you catch us up to speed with your football career, where you play, what you play, how the recruiting has been going at this point and how the Kansas trip went for you.
I play for Hutch high and I play both safety and running back. As far as recruiting so far I already went up to three of the Kansas games this last season for recruiting trips and I’m going to the K-State junior day next weekend. As far as the Kansas junior day trip, the trip was amazing
Talk a little about what goes on at a junior day? What you did, who you met with etc?
Well first we ate lunch with the coaches and had a chance to talk with them. Coach Gill talked to all of us and so did Lew Perkins. Then we split up into 3 groups and toured the facilities which are amazing. They showed us the weight room, the training room, and the players’ lounge. After that we split into groups by position and went with our position coaches. Then we went to the basketball game and after that was over we toured the academic facilities.
What position are you projecting at in college?
I’m hoping to play safety or outside linebacker
And at this point what school are you most interested in and have you received any offers?
I’m most interested in Kansas. No offers yet.
Did you get a chance to meet with coach Torbush or Coach Wimberly with Kansas as possible position coaches?
Yes I met with both of them and I liked them a lot. Coach Wimberly was the one who talked with me during the position meeting with the safeties.
Did they talk to you about how they will be evaluating those they will offer or did you get a sense of what they are looking for in a player?
Well in the position meeting coach Wimberly said they're looking for speed, physical players, and size.
What are you looking for in a potential college choice and football program?
Pretty simple, I'm looking for a good education and the opportunity to play football.
Well I know you are a name that has jumped onto the fans radar so hopefully things will work themselves out in the future. Thanks for your time and I look forward to speaking with you further down the line.
Thanks I appreciate it.