Jake Heaps is widely considered to be the top quarterback for the 2010 recruiting class. The pro-style signal caller, who has lead his team to back-to-back state titles, has seen his stock soar up the charts since the start of his junior season. For Jake all the attention is an honor. He told NoleDigest that he hopes he can live up to the billing like some of the previous number one quarterbacks in the nation.
"It's an absolute honor and I am humbled by all of this," said Heaps on being the nation's top quarterback. "I am truly blown away that people think this about me. Hopefully I can be like the guys who've been number one before me, like Mark Sanchez, Vince Young and Matt Barkley. Right now I don't have any pressure to live up to the billing but you also can't let it affect you. Right now I have good control over this process and I hope I can keep that going."
In late January Heaps named a top 10 list of schools that he would be considering. Shortly after that two top BCS programs offered in Florida State and Georgia. Since then Jake has said his plans to go off of that top 10 have changed a little bit.
"I had my top 10 list of schools that I was going to consider, then FSU and Georgia came and offered," said Heaps. "Those offers made me really rethink things some. It's not too late for those schools to be considered. When I made that top 10 I said I'd look at the offers that came in after, honor them by looking into them, and go from there. FSU is a school I'm interested in and I find it an intriguing place to be."
FSU Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher is the coach who offered Heaps his scholarship. When he extended the offer he let Jake know that he was a primary target for the Seminoles. Between Fisher and the opportunity at FSU, Heaps likes what he sees so far.
"I really, really, really like Coach Fisher and I think he is going to do a lot of good at FSU," explained Heaps of the Seminoles coach. "It is a tremendous honor for him to target me like he has. He is a great coach; again, it's intriguing there."
When asked what was so intriguing about FSU, Heaps went a little further in what he sees as an opportunity to help FSU as they attempt to make it back to among the nations elite.
"You look at the program at FSU," Heaps said, "and you can see where it's heading. I watch a lot of college football. I think you can see it that FSU is definitely coming back to where it used to be. Traditionally they are one of the premier programs in the country. There is a good opportunity there to be apart of bringing them back. A few years ago they were struggling, now the offense has turned the corner and now they're putting points on the board."
Jake told NoleDigest that he hopes to make a visit to FSU over the next few months. He says he's visited 8 schools so far with the latest two being Cal and Tennessee.
"I just got back from visiting Cal and Tennessee," said Heaps. "Those were good visits and I liked being at those schools. I've been to 8 schools so far. I hope I can get down to see FSU because that is a trip I definitely want to make. With the economy the way it is it's tough, but I plan on getting there some time because these visits are helping me and my family put all of these puzzle pieces together with regards to my decision."
According to Jake his decision will come before the season for a couple reasons. First he wants to get it out of the way to focus on his team. The other reason is that he is going to be an early enrollee.
"Over the spring and summer I am really going to focus on these visits and go from there because I want to make my decision before my senior year," stated Heaps on when a decision will come. "I don't know if I'll trim my list to a top 3 or 5, or keep it at 10. At first I was just going to enjoy my senior year and go from there. After talking to all of the coaches recruiting me all of them want me to come in early, so that's what I am going to do. That'll be beneficial because I can get a head start to college and get right into spring ball."
Heaps says that what makes him the nation's best is a combination of leadership and good mechanics. He feels his size is his biggest area of opportunity, thus that's what he plans on working on over the summer.
"My footwork, accuracy, leadership and desire to win are what make me standout," said Heaps. "I know how to push my teammates. I'm proud that we've gone undefeated and won back-to-back state championships. We've blown teams out, and we've had the game winning drives. I feel like I am a leader as I try to act like a second coach on the field. This summer I want to work on my size. I am 6'2" and 195 pounds. By the start of my season I hope to get to 210."
Jake will be participating in the Elite 11 and is going to be participating in a slew of passing camps over the summer. He's already accepted an invite to the Army All-American game next year.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jake, as well as the rest of the Seminoles' targets for 2010.