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Heil headed to Valparaiso

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Mullen's 2nd-leading tackler chooses Beacons in Indiana; biomechanical engineering will be his major.
It took all of one game-day visit for Jaxon Heil to settle on his next destination.

After an early morning flight, a look at the campus and its academics, and a peek at their football program, the Mullen senior committed verbally to the Valparaiso Beacons.

Recently moved to safety from linebacker for the Mustangs, Heil, attending a Valparaiso home game at its Brown Field, said “I loved the atmosphere, it was awesome, energetic and they have my major.”

With a 4.19 grade-point average, the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, recruited to play nickelback, craves the biomechanical-engineering field, ideally to develop assorted assistance for athletes.

The Indiana Beacons, who switched from Crusaders the past August, are about 45 minutes from Chicago and Heil added “it’s cool, I get to stay within my faith … it’s a great community, fun and a top engineering school. It really had everything I wanted.”

Heil is eligible to sign with the NCAA Division I Subdivision (FCS) school in the early signing period in December.

He’s second on Mullen in total tackles (52) and tops in tackles for loss (5.0).

The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, Oct. 8, home at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium against Arvada West, 7 p.m., in the Class 5A Jefferson County League.