Washington football has added another high upside pass rusher to their 2021 class, and he’s one of the most underrated players in the country
After a slow start to the recruiting process due to COVID-19, Washington football is starting to pick up some momentum. Three-star edge rusher Maurice Heims is one of the most exciting players in the 2021 class. Heims attends Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) after moving to the United States from Germany around 18 months ago, and he’s only been playing football for three years.
Heims holds 11 offers, and chose the Huskies over Penn State, Illinois, Colorado, and Arizona State. He’ll fit into Pete Kwiatkowski’s defense perfectly as an outside linebacker, and probably play a very similar role to Joe Tryon. Measuring in at 6’5, 235 pounds, Heims is an elite athlete with his best football in front of him. He played junior varsity football during the 2019 season due to California transfer rules, but with a strong 2020 campaign, he could rise up the rankings and earn a fourth star.
When you throw on the tape, there’s a lot to like. Heims has elite speed off the edge, and plays with an impressive amount of power. As expected, his technique isn’t incredibly refined just yet, but with time, his ceiling is as high as anyone’s in the class of 2021. His hands are where he’ll need the most improvement but with his natural athleticism, Washington’s coaching staff, and the talent he’ll practice next to and against every day, he’ll be an exciting player to keep an eye on.
After a redshirt season, Heims will probably be utilized in a limited role and won’t be forced to do too much until he’s fully ready. Washington is putting together an excellent group of front seven commits in this class. Between the defensive tackles, Heims, and the remaining targets on the board, the Huskies can put together an exceptional defensive class.
Congratulations to Maurice on his commitment, and we can’t wait to see him play in purple and gold!