Even though he received interest from Harvard, Princeton, and several Northeast-10 schools, Will Heikkinen chose to commit to Brown University for many reasons.
There’s a history of between Andover High School and Brown University. Many football players have gone on to be players at Brown: James Perry, Bobby, Mark, Paul and Buddy Farnham, Brendan and Neil Finneran, Bill O’Brien, and Andy Coke. Will added his name to this list in January 2013.
The proximity of Providence to Andover is an easy driving distance so it’s pretty effortless to go back and forth. Providence is a historic city, which adds charm to the school’s location. Of course the academic program at Brown is superb since it’s an Ivy League school and does what it can to prepare its over-achieving students like Will for life in the real world.
William Heikkinen put in the practice and work yet is modest enough to know he cannot take all the credit for his success. He received outstanding leadership from Andover coach, EJ Perry. Will also emphasized the importance of the team’s quarterback when he said, “He [Scarpa] really made me the player I am and vice versa.”
It’s easy to see why Brown University extended an invitation to Will. He is well rounded having achieved success in academics, community service, and as an important player on his high school football team often making the local newspaper, Eagle-Tribune, in his hometown of Andover, Massachusetts.
- Heikkinen accumulated 126 catches and 1,960 receiving yards (both school records) and 22 touchdowns during his high school football career.
- He had seven career interceptions on defense.
- The Boston Globe and Boston Herald named Heikkinen First Team All-State in his senior year after recording 72 catches for 1,175 yards and 9 touchdowns.
- Selected to the All-Merrimack Valley Conference
- Named Student Athlete of the Month by the Eagle-Tribune
- Lettered in football all three years
- Lettered in track and field
- Honor Roll
- Winner of the Chemistry and Survey of Film Underclassmen awards