MINSTER — Wes Hegemann started more games than any other Minster football player in program history, a stalwart on the offense and defensive lines for four years as Minster retook its place as one of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top programs.
Hegemann signed with the University of Dayton football program at a signing ceremony at Minster High School on Wednesday afternoon.
Hegemann, a 6-2, 265-pounder, said he got to grow as a player with the four years of playing time.
“It’s been awesome,” Hegemann said. “With Coach (Nate) Moore starting off the recruiting process for me, it was a whole lot of help. The guys I played with were incredible. You never get those years back. It was awesome playing with them. Not many people get to start as a freshman, so i got to see it from starting my freshman year and growing all the way up.”
Hegemann missed just two games in his four seasons – once because of a concussion as a freshman and one as a senior because of a dinged up knee.
In 2013, Hegemann had 22 solo tackles and 23 assists on defense. He had 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks along with three passes broken up and a forced fumble.
Hegemann talked to head coach Rick Chamberlain once late last season and this year the dialogue with UD picked up. He also had offers from Butler University and Tiffin University, but Division II Dayton stood out to Hegemann.
“I visited and visited again and really loved it,” Hegemann said. “The place looks exactly like here. It’s like home. A second home. That’s what stood out to me.”
Hegemann said Dayton has shown the most interest as him as a defensive lineman, but he could also emerge as an offensive lineman.
Most freshmen redshirt at UD, but Hegemann said the coaches at UD will play standout freshmen.
“The biggest challenge is learning the new playbook, but football is football and you have to pick it up and play,” Hegemann said. “They liked my quickness off the ball, my explosion off the line on the defensive line. They judge people on their character. For them saying I’m a character guy, that means a lot.”
Hegemann is looking to major in business at UD. He is the son of Heath and Julie Hegemann.