Ben Heenan, of the U of S Huskies, is expected to be a top pick in the CFL draft. (CBC)

Ben Heenan, a star lineman for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team, has been identified as a top-rated prospect for a career in the CFL.

The CFL draft is set for Thursday and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have the first pick.

Heenan, who is from Grand Coulee, Sask., told CBC News he has thought about what it would be like to join the Riders.

"It would be a great honour for family and friends and all my support group," he said, although he won't know for sure which team selects him until the draft is completed. It starts at 1 p.m. CST. "For them to be close to where I play and close to the game would mean a lot."

Heenan also chose to stay close to home on draft day.


Heenan has been a star lineman with the Huskies. ) (Dave Chidley/CP)

Although he was invited to be in Toronto for the event, Heenan said he wanted to stay in Saskatoon and attend a fundraiser event for the Huskies, known as the Dog's Breakfast.

"I think I owe it to the program to be around on this day," Heenan said. "It means a lot to them. They've put a lot of work into me. It's the least I could do to stay around."

Heenan said he is prepared for whatever happens in the draft.

"You've done the best that you can," he said. "Stay calm, be ready for whichever team calls you."