Heikkinen, Scarpa share the spotlight at Andover

February, 6, 2013
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Andover wide receiver and defensive back Will Heikkinen has committed to Brown Univeristy. And while the Ivy League does not recognize National Letters of Intent, the Golden Warriors held a ceremony on Wednesday for Heikkinen and quarterback C.J. Scarpa, who has a preferred walk-on spot at Elon University.

Heikkinen, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound wideout, joins a long list of former Andover greats to suit up for the Bears, most recently including former teammate and current Brown freshman Andrew Coke.

“Obviously, there’s a great connection there, going all the way back with Coach [E.J.] Perry’s brother, the Farnhams, and Andy [Coke],” Heikkinen said Wednesday. “It’s a just a great fit.

Heikkinen teamed with Scarpa to tally 72 receptions for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns while being named to the ESPN Boston All-State First Team. On defense, he also pocketed six interceptions.

He will play wide receiver at Brown and received interest from Harvard and Princeton in addition to several Northeast-10 schools.

Heikkinen emphasized the importance of his quarterback in his accomplishments and hinted at a possible future connection.

“He really made me the player I am and vice versa,” he said of Scarpa. “Our chemistry’s been great the last couple year and especially this year once he took over [at quarterback]. I hope everything works out for him, but I told him that I’m still going to try to convince him to transfer to Brown.”

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

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