Potential Grad Transfer - NIU DT Jack Heflin

Discussion in 'Football' started by NikeHawk21, May 12, 2020.

  1. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Just entered the portal. Apparently grew up an Iowa fan in a family full of Hawkeyes. Coach Bell started following on Twitter.

    He’s listed at 6’4/319 and Pro Football Focus has him has an Honorable Mention All American last year. He was 2nd Team All MAC.

    I’m not entirely sure what our scholarship situation looks like, but I think we should be all in here. DT is definitely a question mark spot next year and this is a big time transfer. He will have a lot of suitors. This will be an interesting one to follow.
     
  2. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

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  3. GoHawks24

    GoHawks24 Well-Known Member

    Oh, man. That would be a real big get and very much needed, as I'm a little worried about our D-line for next year. I'm sure they can find room for an honorable mention All-American! Thanks for the info, NikeHawk21.
     
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  4. Stanzi

    Stanzi Well-Known Member

    I can't see any reason not to offer him. He could step in right away which would be huge.
     
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  5. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    There was an ESPN article that ranked him as a Top 10 returning interior Dlinemen in all of college football for next year. Unless we can’t make the scholarship situation work I see no reason why we aren’t all in on this kid.
     
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  6. HuckFinn

    HuckFinn Well-Known Member

    Capt. Obvious says, Depth is good.
     
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  7. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Looks like he’s also following Coach Doyle on twitter as well. There is going to be a lot of interest here but again given how big of an Iowa fan it appears he is, you would have to like our chances if we go for him.
     
  8. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Sometimes these portal guys are tight lipped, but I'll see if I can reach him.
     
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  9. Lumberman

    Lumberman Well-Known Member

    Wouldn’t he have to sit out a year? I have been on record saying we need a DT from either a Grad Transfer or JUCO, so this is fantastic news ... as long as he could play this year ( assuming anyone plays this year).

    Article says he was a Sophomore in 2018. Unless he was a Redshirt sophomore...
     
  10. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Tweet says he was NIU for four years

     
  11. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Correct he was a redshirt sophomore.

    https://niuhuskies.com/sports/football/roster/jack-heflin/6847
     
  12. Lumberman

    Lumberman Well-Known Member

    All the better! Go Hawks!
     
  13. homes

    homes Well-Known Member

    Should Iowa offer this kid a scholarship? Is that a trick question? I'm leery of things that seem so obvious.
     
  14. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Not to get too far ahead of myself here, but if you plug him into the DLine:

    Golston- 6’5 / 270
    Nixon- 6’3 / 309
    Heflin- 6’4 / 319
    Waggoner- 6’5 / 270

    That should be a very strong unit against the run. So much so that you really wouldn’t have to worry about how much you play 4-2-5. With those four plus Colbert and likely Niemann we should be in really good shape to stop the run.

    From there just need Phil Parker to figure out how to generate some pass rush which I think he will. Golston, Evans, Nixon is a good starting point of the pass rushing package.
     
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  15. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    I think the question would moreso be do we have an available scholarship? I imagine they can figure it out though.
     
  16. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    I don't believe Grad Transfers sit out a year as they have completed their academic requirements.
     
  17. GoHawks24

    GoHawks24 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have a breakdown of how many scholarships are currently filled? Think I was seeing on the Tweeter that we're at 86 currently, depending upon how Michael Lois' situation pans out. Another guy counted 88? Limit is 85, right?

    Side note: I was reading that they're trying to talk Caleb Shudak into staying and possibly putting him on scholarship?
     
  18. koralakers

    koralakers Well-Known Member

    Considering attrition and guys leaving early for The League on Dline last few years, this would be a great addition
     
  19. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Still trying to reach Jack. I'm sure quite a few folks in the media are trying to do the same.

    I checked out his Twitter and these are some of the schools whose coaches he's following:

    Iowa
    Missouri
    Louisville
    Michigan
    BC
    Arizona
    Rutgers
    Oregon
    Washington State
    Iowa State
    Ole Miss
    Texas A&M
    VA Tech
    NC State
    USC
    Texas Tech
    K-State
    Penn State
    Illinois
    Baylor
    Northwestern
    UNC
    Minnesota
    Purdue
    Nebraska

    He's following multiple coaches from many of these schools, including Iowa.
     
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  20. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Do you think if Iowa really wants him they can make the scholarship situation work itself out?

    To me I think if we want him and can make it work he will be a hawk.
     
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