July 13, 2011

Heffern performs well at MSU

Defensive end prospect Shawn Heffern is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2012. His best football is ahead of him and on Monday he had a strong performance at the Michigan State Camp. SpartanMag.com spoke with the Carmel High School prospect and got the latest.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Heffern arrived at Michigan State with Big Ten offers from Indiana and Purdue as well as a host of MAC scholarship offers. Earlier this summer he camped at Notre Dame and despite a strong performance, was told it is unlikely the Irish will offer. SpartanMag.com watched him perform throughout the day and he certainly did not hurt his chances of moving up the Michigan State recruiting board.

We asked Heffern about his time at Michigan State and what he thought about his performance and the school.

"I was really impressed with the facilities at Michigan State," Heffern stated. "My times were not as good as they were in previous camps because I was playing through a pulled hamstring but I didn't get stopped once during the one on ones."

Heffern was especially strong in the one-on-one portion of the camp. He often was matched-up against Syracuse commitment Kyle Knapp. Heffern was able to use many of the skills incorporated earlier in camp to win those battles. Considering Knapp was pitching shutouts versus everyone else, beating him was an impressive accomplishment.

Heffern's performance at camp definitely got the attention of the Michigan State coaches. SpartanMag.com asked him about the feedback he received from them and what his time-table is as far as making a decision.

"They said they I did a lot of good things and they are going to look at the camp film then let me know the direction they are going," Heffern said. "I am going to make a decision hopefully by the first week of August. I am looking for a school with a good business program, a relatively close proximity to home, and a school that I feel I fit in with the players and coaches."

Michigan State is very tight on scholarships for the class of 2012 and the fact that Heffern wants to pull the trigger soon is certainly a factor. The Spartans are in the mix with several other prospects and would probably like Heffern to take his time, continue to develop, and take some official visits.

Based on his current scholarships and his desire to stay close to home, it would not be a surprise if Heffern ends up in Bloomington or West Lafayette if he makes his decision soon. If he does wait things out a bit, I fully expect several other Big Ten teams to turn up the heat and request early season film of him in action. Carmel High School plays a very tough schedule and college coaches will be able to see his progress by looking at film from his first few games.

With a father that stared for Notre Dame, Heffern certainly understand the recruiting process. Wherever he goes, do not be surprised if he red-shirts and adds some quality size at the training table/weight room. Heffern has the frame to carry plenty more muscle and still keep his agility.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in contact with Heffern over the next few weeks. With players like Adolphus Washington, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Nathan Lohn (to name a few) on the Spartan radar, it could be a situation where the staff wants to wait and see with these blue-chip prospects. However, if they do offer Heffern it will be because they think very highly of him and want to have him playing for them, rather than against.

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