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Don’t rule out Iowa State for committed Jacksonville OL Orlando Heggs

Orlando Heggs.

The Bolles School in Jacksonville (Fla.) was an offensive powerhouse during the 2017 regular season, leading its district in nearly every statistical category. One of the keys to its success is an impressive offensive line. With the hard-to-miss 6-foot-9 Nick Lewis at tackle, guard Orlando Heggs can be overlooked. He is proving that to be unwise.

Heggs (6-feet-4, 308 pounds) is ranked in the top-100 offensive guards in the 2018 class according to 247Sports. From 17 total offers, Heggs committed to Colorado State near the end of October.

What led him to his decision?

“It kind of worked out perfectly,” Heggs told GN. “Our defensive end, Rushton Roberts, already committed there and we took an official visit, Rushton, Nick (Lewis) and I. It was an amazing visit.

“I loved it. It was a perfect visit, I loved it, but I’m still taking other visits.”

RELATED: Colorado State proving bigger isn’t better in college football.

A particular upcoming visit to Iowa State has Heggs especially excited. He said that he and Lewis will be making the trip to Ames in the coming months.

“They took out Oklahoma, TCU – it’s a good program,” Heggs said.

The Cyclones have been hanging around in the Top-25 this season which is certainly going to benefit them on the recruiting trail. Heggs only visit has been to Colorado State thus far, so Iowa State could have a chance in this race.

When Heggs takes his visit, he will analyze Iowa State the same way he did Colorado State, making sure it has what he is looking for.

“A second home, honestly,” Heggs said. “I want a place where I feel comfortable, where my family feels comfortable when they come to visit. I want a great coaching staff, great people that will make me a better man. All of that.”

Heggs committed to Colorado State because he felt it checked all of those boxes while also offering a unique opportunity.

“They said I was going to play early at guard or center because of my versatility,” Heggs said. “I haven’t played center since middle school but they knew with my technique that I could transition pretty easily.”

How any upcoming visits influence Heggs’ recruitment remains to be seen, for now, he is committed to Colorado State and couldn’t seem happier about it.

RELATED: Nick Lewis excited to be headed West to play for “the Pirate.”

(You can follow Jordan Spina on Twitter @JSpina904)

 

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