(Photo: Owen Heinecke/Instagram)
Nick Myers and the Ohio State Buckeyes picked up a commitment in the 2021 class earlier this week, as Bishop Kelley, Okla., midfielder Owen Heinecke announced that he would be taking his talents to Columbus.
The Sooner State native is the ninth commitment in the class for the Buckeyes. The class is currently highlighted by a pair of Inside Lacrosse top 100 players in defenseman Bobby Van Buren and midfielder James Gurr.
” I loved the coaching staff, the facilities, the education, Heinecke told Lacrosse Bucket. “The total package of OSU is hard to beat. Coach Myers also preaches about the brotherhood of OSU and that is something I’m looking forward to.”
Buckeyes head coach Nick Myers initially reached out to Heinecke over a month ago. He said he has been on Zoom calls with the staff and has taken a virtual tour campus. Heinecke stated that he certainly wants to try and get up to Columbus for an official visit, which will have to be next year with recruiting being in a dead period until January.
During the shortened 2020 season, Heinecke played in just two of the Comets’ three contest before the season was cancelled. They boasted a 3-0 record. He really came onto the varsity scene strong as a primary shooting threat during his sophomore season in 2018, scoring 40 goals and dishing our two assists. In 2019, he helped lead the Comets to a 5-5 record and playoff appearance.
The 6-foot-2, 200 midfielder is also a standout football player, playing running back and strong safety for Bishop Kelley, and football has a strong hold on his family lineage. His grandfather played football at Wisconsin-La Crosse and His father, Justin, was an offensive lineman at Tulsa. He also has two uncles that played college football, including one, Cory, who started at defensive end on the Oklahoma Sooners’ 2000 national championship team.
Heinecke, who does have multiple offers for football, says that he feels many of the skills he has learned on the football field translate well into his lacrosse game. “Football has just taught me to have a physical and competitive side, “Heinecke said. “I grew up playing football and I loved everything about it…the footwork and speed especially translates to the lacrosse field.”
Coming into his seniors season, he said he just wants to make sure he is as prepared as he can be for the transition to college. ” Some goals are to just be prepared to make an impact on Ohio states roster as soon as I step foot on campus. To prepare like I’m gonna be a starter,” Heinecke said.