Nick Blankenburg ’16-The Romeo football team started off the 2015-2016 football season with zero college football commitments. After just five games, senior tight end/linebacker Mitchell Heimbuch has been the first and hopefully not the last to commit to a Division 1 school to play college football. Heimbuch committed to Western Michigan University yesterday, September 28th, a day Heimbuch will remember for the rest of his life.

“After my junior year seeing the seniors careers come to an end I said that I was going to put my whole heart into Team 90,” Heimbuch ‘16 stated. “But I didn’t truly mean it at first. A few months later I had an incident in my life that made me change my priorities and that’s when I truly put my heart into the goal of playing college football and winning a state championship, from that point everything else in my life became second. After not receiving an offer by the start of the season I was very discouraged and for the first time I doubted myself, I didn’t think I was good enough and it felt like I was failing. After feeling that way I decided I was going to just give my absolute all into my senior year and just have as much fun as possible.”

Through hard work and dedication, Mitch has put himself in a good situation which wasn’t easy. But the hard work and dedication won’t stop here. There is still people to prove wrong, heads to turn, and worlds to be shocked.

Looking forward to finishing off the rest of the football season, Heimbuch hopes to win a Mac White Championship and most importantly, a Division 1 State title.

“The Western Michigan University coach, Coach Fleck, decided to give me a chance when no one else would. After being told I wasn’t good enough and wasn’t big enough and wasn’t fast enough Coach Fleck saw through that and gave me an opportunity. It was a dream I couldn’t pass up. Now it’s 100% focus to finish what I started with my best friends and brothers and that is take our best shot at a State Championship,” Heimbuch said.

Starting the season off strong, Heimbuch and the team only needs one more win to secure a playoff spot. The only thing standing in the way is the Macomb Dakota Cougars, who are a MAC crossover rival. If the bulldogs get the win Friday night against the Cougars, they will improve to 6-0 and secure a state playoff berth.
This is not a fairy tale on how Heimbuch is playing Division 1 football next year at Western, it is a story about a young kid wanting something and going out to get it. Achieving his goal through a desire inside his heart, Heimbuch will never let anyone tell him he cannot do something.

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