Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Heikkinen, Scarpa share the spotlight at Andover
By Scott Barboza
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.”