- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
For Randy Heideman (Normal, Ill./Normal Community), it was never about going to the biggest school that offered. It was about going to the best fit. So even though he had BCS programs after him, Heideman went with a MAC program.
The three-star offensive tackle committed to Miami (Ohio) on Friday.
“All along from the beginning when I started the process I had three things in mind and whichever school matched that the most was going to be where I wanted to go,” Heideman said. “Miami had those three of a great relationship with the coaches and teammates, great academics and competitive football.
“That’s what sealed the deal for me.”
BCS programs Arizona, Indiana and Wake Forest all offered Heideman on top of several MAC programs.
The academics were key for Heideman, who plans to major in business.
So were the coaches, particularly recruiter Mike Bath and future position coach Ed Stults.
“Coach Bath, he took me around on my unofficial visit the first time [in the summer]. We spent basically the whole day together. That was a really good time and I got to know a lot about him,” Heideman said. “And the O-line coach, Coach Stults, came to see me in the spring. He was the first guy to come see me.”
Heideman took an official visit the weekend of Nov. 9, and that gave him a complete picture to go with his unofficial visit. During the summer there were not many students around so Heideman wanted to see Miami during the school year.
“I got to see the student life there as a student-athlete, getting to see the players on the weekend and how it works for them and how it relates to school specifically,” Heideman said. “I liked it a lot and got to meet a lot of people there and it was awesome.”
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