With this Northstar Football News recruiting profile, we head to the 320 area code to chat with NFN prospect Carter Hietala who is an unsigned wide receiver from the Becker Bulldogs. We at Northstar Football News got to watch Hietala in Week 1…
With this Northstar Football News recruiting profile, we head to the 320 area code to chat with NFN prospect Carter Hietala who is an unsigned wide receiver from the Becker Bulldogs. We at Northstar Football News got to watch Hietala in Week 1 against the Monticello Magic, in which he had a huge game of over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. We chatted with Hietala about his 2019 season, his recruiting interest, and much more.
Get to Know Carter Hietala
Hietala is the definition of a versatile wide receiver. Need him to catch the deep ball? He’s got it. Need him to line up for a reverse to bolt up the sidelines for a touchdown? He can do that too. Or if you need him as a slotback blocker to pave the way for a Josh Fobbe first down, he’s done that too. His biggest strengths are his clutch hands and his route running ability. Hietala won all-district MVP for the wide receiver position for the 2019 season with over 700 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns.
Best Parts about Wide Receiver
Hietala is all about pass-catching, as he rattled off his two favorites as “catching the ball and catching the ball in traffic” he told Northstar Football News. It would make sense to me that an All-District wide receiver would love catching the football!
Hietala said he wants to play college football and wants to play somewhere that has a great Business or Engineering degree. He said he doesn’t have any serious interest right now, but would “highly consider” a program that checks off the boxes for him as far as his potential degree and an opportunity to play football at any level.
Biggest Improvements from Hietala
After the 2018 season, the Becker Bulldogs coaching staff said the two things Carter needed to work on was his “speed and strength”. He didn’t let his coaches down, as he was running for hours and hours all off-season and came into this season with much-improved speed and acceleration off the ball.
If there’s a high school program you want to learn from in Minnesota, Becker Football might be a great start. Hietala credited Minnesota high school coaching legend Dwight Lundeen as one of his biggest football mentors. He also credits assistants, Mike Lundeen, Derek Bjornsted and Troy Robinson as his football mentors. He also said his dad has been a huge key to his football career from the start and beyond.
What Hietala Learned About Himself This Season
As a senior captain, Hietala learned how to become a better leader on the field and in the Becker community as well. This team started the season as a team and left the season as a brotherhood, much in part of Hietala’s effort as a team captain of the Becker Bulldogs.