An aggressive run blocker with good agility, Newsome 2021 Thomas Heeps is emerging as an offensive lineman to watch in the rising senior class.
At 6’2, 270-pounds, Heeps combines strength and power and has the ability to move people and get to the next level at right guard.
A fan of the Chicago Bears, Heeps says he grew up watching old film of HOF RB Walter Payton.
“His aggressive and tough nature and his versatility were things that I always admired and wanted to apply to my game,” Heeps says. “The Bears in general have always been a tough ground game type of team, so that was always a part of my understanding of the game.
“My Grandfather was also an All State Right Guard from Illinois back in the day, so I always looked up to the position.”
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Heeps says he has managed to maintain his focus and goals throughout the offseason as he has worked to get bigger, stronger and to maintain his speed (Heeps reports a 5.2 40).
“This offseason has been pretty crazy, but my goals have not changed,” he says. “I managed to get bigger and stronger. I haven’t lost my speed exactly, but I want to work on getting faster with the added weight.”
With the help of his mom, Heeps put together a weight room in his garage that he was able to use throughout the spring as the football community dealt with COVID-19 restrictions.
“I was lucky that I have used Joe Osborne from South East Elite Gym since I was in eighth grade, so I have the knowledge to adapt,” he says. “Thankfully, since he is so personalized, we were able to get back to it pretty quickly when he was able.”
Coming off an 8-3 season in 2019, Heeps says he is looking forward to a big senior season as expectations at Newsome are high in 2020.
“We are building off of a really great season for us last year,” he says. “We also have a challenging schedule this Fall, so that is keeping us all focused on getting stronger and better. Our JV had a great year last year as well and are putting up some impressive lifting numbers.
“I’m really excited about what we can do this season and how we grow.”
A strong student, Heeps reports a 4.0 GPA and an 1120 SAT and has drawn offers from St. Thomas and Valparaiso, and interest from a host of college programs, including The Citadel, Liberty and others.