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A scholarship offer tends to come with a defined vision. Teams want the next great linebacker, the next great tight end, the next great quarterback.Apparently Utah football's coaching staff has some disagreement on just where three-star prospect Chad Hekking fits in. After going through the recruiting process with Utah for a while, Hekking got a call from offensive line coach Jim Harding, who said five different position coaches on staff are trying to lay claim to him."Yeah, I'm a little in the dark on that," said Hekking, Utah's newest commit. "I'm going up there as an athlete. I think they said I could try out for quarterback at the beginning, or maybe I'll play tight end like I did at Utah's camp, or maybe I'll play defense. Wherever they want me to go, I'll play."Hekking, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect out of Vacaville, Calif., plays quarterback for the 3-1 Bulldogs. But with his frame, it's likely his future lies somewhere other than under center. Hekking committed to the Utes on Monday night.Utah was Hekking's only offer. He said other Pac-12 programs, including Cal, Oregon State and Washington State were interested, but he shut down his recruiting after seeing Utah's support system for LDS Church missionaries."I had been thinking a lot about my plans for the future, and I want to go on my mission," he said. "Looking at the roster, there's so many returned missionaries. Utah really wants me to go on my mission, and coming back from that and playing high quality Pac-12 football, that leaves no doubt in my mind."Harding worked closely with Hekking, calling him after every Vacaville game and answering all questions, the recruit said. Even though Utah lost this last weekend, Hekking is upbeat about the program: the recently constructed facilities, the coaching staff and the players.If the name sounds familiar, it's because Hekking's big brother is Brock Hekking, an all-conference defensive end for Nevada famous for his flowing blond mullet as well as his penchant for sacks. Chad says he's more "offensive-minded" than his brother, but both do sport mullets.
Utes staffer Fred Whittingham seemed to celebrate this fact Tuesday morning:
It's a GREAT day to be a UTE!!! #BusinessInTheFrontPartyInTheBack #KiYi #LightTheU Fred Whittingham Jr. (@FWhittinghamJr) September 30, 2014One thing Chad Hekking didn't do: get fraternal approval. He said he surprised Brock with his commitment, which didn't quite please him: "He said, 'You can't make these decisions without talking to me about them.'"But brother Brock is pleased with the commitment, Chad Hekking said. And so is the rest of the family. And so is Hekking himself."I'm excited to go to a school that shares my values," he said.Hekking said he plans to major in business when he enrolls in 2017.
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