Iowa State was the first school to enter the Jake Heinrich recruiting derby when the Cyclones offered the Urbandale offensive lineman a scholarship last June.
Oregon came into the race late and showed off its state-of-the-art facilities, flashy uniforms and powerhouse status.
But neither the Cyclones nor the Ducks could match what Heinrich found last month during a visit to Arkansas.
“I knew just driving away that they were going to be in it until the end,” Heinrich told Rivals.com. “Having been to Oregon, having been to Iowa State a few more times – which were really my finalists – I just knew (Arkansas) was the ideal fit for me, so I figured why wait?”
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive guard prospect announced his commitment to the Razorbacks on Saturday via Twitter.
— Jake Heinrich (@JAKEHEINRICH1) July 4, 2015
“They’re getting an extremely dedicated football player, a player who does things right on and off the field,” Urbandale coach Sam Anderson said. “He’s a National Honor Society kid, he volunteers, he’s in our American Leaders program. He’s extremely dedicated in the weight room, he’s going to do the things they ask him to do.”
Heinrich, a state wrestling medalist who also placed second in the shot put at the state track meet, is ranked the No. 2 player in the state behind Valley offensive lineman John Raridon. He collected a dozen scholarship offers. His list featured Power 5 conference offers from Arkansas, California, Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville and Oregon.
Heinrich excelled during the spring combine circuit, earning the offensive line most valuable player honor at the Rivals.com camp in Cleveland. Within weeks, he picked up scholarship offers from Arkansas and Oregon and earned four-star ratings from 247 Sports and Scout.com.
“He’s a student of the game,” Anderson said. “I categorize him as a football junkie. He’s doing stuff in his backyard, he’s watching technique videos and he’s continuing to hone his game. It’s what he is, it’s what he does and it’s what he loves.”