Heaps has offer

Members of the 2010 recruiting class are already getting attention from college coaches across the nation. One of the top prospects heading into next year is 5-star quarterback Jake Heaps, and the Tigers are already on his mind.

Issaquah-native Jake Heaps (6-2, 195) has been in the local spotlight throughout his high school career. One of the most prolific players in the Pacific Northwest, Heaps’ game has gotten him attention from coaches from coast to coast.

Now, the 5-star signal caller is ready to open up his process, and one school coming on heavy is the in-state Washington Huskies.

"With Coach [Steve] Sarkisian coming in, Washington has been on me pretty hard," Heaps said. "The situation up there at quarterback is very interesting. When I look at the school, it is very close to my heart. I grew up a fan of UW, and my friends and I would always talk UW football growing up. But now, with the recruiting process, I have to look at the bigger picture. UW is close to my heart for sure, but it will be about finding the best fit for me."

Despite the pledge to look outside the Huskies, Heaps does see plenty of positives with the in-state team.

"You have to look and see that (Jake) Locker will be on the way out," he said. "Coach Sark is going to have that program on the rise. Coach Holt, who was the defensive coordinator at Southern Cal, is coming up. There is just a great staff getting put together. That is really brightening things up for Washington."

As for the Bayou Bengals, Heaps has been getting attention from Les Miles and Co., though he wishes the contact was more frequent.

"I am hearing from LSU a lot through the mail," Heaps said. "I really have not gotten to get on the phone and talk with them, which I would like to happen on a weekly basis. I kind of like to talk to coaches once a week or so, just to be able to stay in touch and be on the same page."

Heaps said that his interest in the program runs deep, despite the distance factor.

"LSU is a great program, and the tradition is phenomenal," he said. "Gary Crowton is a great offensive mind, and I can really get along with him and understand him. The offense and athletes that he has is just remarkable. LSU is just a team that you can count on to be on top every year."

With LSU signing Chris Garrett and Russell Shepard in the 2009 class, the 2010 season should only look to bring one signal caller to the Tigers. How does Heaps feel about the limited spots available?

"You really have to look at that kind of thing, and you would be foolish not to," he said. "I follow recruiting, and I know that a guy like Russell will be there. He is an amazing quarterback, but he could eventually make a move to another position. He is just that talented. I just have to look at things like that when I am evaluating depth charts.

"All the same, I am not afraid of the competition," added Heaps. "I really love it, and that is one of the strongest points in my game. I make improvements each week. I am just a hard worker."

With offers from nearly every school on his wish list, Heaps said that he has a number of other programs on his mind.

"North Carolina has been on me pretty hard, perhaps the hardest of any team," he said. "Coach [Butch] Davis is an amazing coach. He is very personable, and from a coaching perspective, he is recruiting me the hardest. There are some interesting things going on there because he is about to turn North Carolina into a sports powerhouse. It will not be known for just basketball for very long."

Hoping to highlight his arm at the next level, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound gun slinger looks to land with a team that can showcase a solid aerial attack. One team fitting that bill early is Brigham Young.

"BYU recruits me pretty hard, and they have a great passing system," Heaps said. "Coach [Bronco] Mendenhall is a great guy, and his coaching style brings a lot of factors to the table. He can make me a great football player and a great person."

As for teams in the Southeastern Conference, Heaps has been hearing a lot from new Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin.

"Tennessee has been on me a lot since Coach Kiffin came on," he said. "He and coach Reeves are recruiting me, because coach Reeves was recruiting me as the quarterbacks coach when he was with South Carolina. They are definitely on board with me, and the last conversation we had was a good one.

"Some other schools I am hearing from are Notre Dame, Cal and Oregon State," added Heaps. "They are all recruiting me pretty hard at the moment."

As for how he sees himself projecting at the next level, the top flight quarterback sees plenty of room for improvement.

"I am 195 pounds right now, so I have plenty of weight to put on," Heaps said. "I have a skinnier body type, but it is very easy for me to put on weight, which is encouraging to know. I want to go out and put some muscle mass on. I want to be ready in case I graduate early and enroll by January, that way I don’t have to play catch up for a semester to be on the same level as the other college guys.

"I definitely don’t want to come in and be overwhelmed. I know if I went up against guys like the defense at LSU right now, I would get demolished. I am just trying to be smart with it."


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\"With Coach [Steve] Sarkisian coming in, Washington has been on me pretty hard,\" Heaps said. \"The situation up there at quarterback is very interesting. When I look at the school, it is very close to my heart. I grew up a fan of UW, and my friends and I would always talk UW football growing up. But now, with the recruiting process, I have to look at the bigger picture. UW is close to my heart for sure, but it will be about finding the best fit for me.\"

Despite the pledge to look outside the Huskies, Heaps does see plenty of positives with the in-state team.

\"You have to look and see that (Jake) Locker will be on the way out,\" he said. \"Coach Sark is going to have that program on the rise. Coach Holt, who was the defensive coordinator at Southern Cal, is coming up. There is just a great staff getting put together. That is really brightening things up for Washington.\"

As for the Bayou Bengals, Heaps has been getting attention from Les Miles and Co., though he wishes the contact was more frequent.

\"I am hearing from LSU a lot through the mail,\" Heaps said. \"I really have not gotten to get on the phone and talk with them, which I would like to happen on a weekly basis. I kind of like to talk to coaches once a week or so, just to be able to stay in touch and be on the same page.\"

Heaps said that his interest in the program runs deep, despite the distance factor.

\"LSU is a great program, and the tradition is phenomenal,\" he said. \"Gary Crowton is a great offensive mind, and I can really get along with him and understand him. The offense and athletes that he has is just remarkable. LSU is just a team that you can count on to be on top every year.\"

With LSU signing Chris Garrett and Russell Shepard in the 2009 class, the 2010 season should only look to bring one signal caller to the Tigers. How does Heaps feel about the limited spots available?

\"You really have to look at that kind of thing, and you would be foolish not to,\" he said. \"I follow recruiting, and I know that a guy like Russell will be there. He is an amazing quarterback, but he could eventually make a move to another position. He is just that talented. I just have to look at things like that when I am evaluating depth charts.

\"All the same, I am not afraid of the competition,\" added Heaps. \"I really love it, and that is one of the strongest points in my game. I make improvements each week. I am just a hard worker.\"

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With offers from nearly every school on his wish list, Heaps said that he has a number of other programs on his mind.

\"North Carolina has been on me pretty hard, perhaps the hardest of any team,\" he said. \"Coach [Butch] Davis is an amazing coach. He is very personable, and from a coaching perspective, he is recruiting me the hardest. There are some interesting things going on there because he is about to turn North Carolina into a sports powerhouse. It will not be known for just basketball for very long.\"

Hoping to highlight his arm at the next level, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound gun slinger looks to land with a team that can showcase a solid aerial attack. One team fitting that bill early is Brigham Young.

\"BYU recruits me pretty hard, and they have a great passing system,\" Heaps said. \"Coach [Bronco] Mendenhall is a great guy, and his coaching style brings a lot of factors to the table. He can make me a great football player and a great person.\"

As for teams in the Southeastern Conference, Heaps has been hearing a lot from new Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin.

\"Tennessee has been on me a lot since Coach Kiffin came on,\" he said. \"He and coach Reeves are recruiting me, because coach Reeves was recruiting me as the quarterbacks coach when he was with South Carolina. They are definitely on board with me, and the last conversation we had was a good one.

\"Some other schools I am hearing from are Notre Dame, Cal and Oregon State,\" added Heaps. \"They are all recruiting me pretty hard at the moment.\"

As for how he sees himself projecting at the next level, the top flight quarterback sees plenty of room for improvement.

\"I am 195 pounds right now, so I have plenty of weight to put on,\" Heaps said. \"I have a skinnier body type, but it is very easy for me to put on weight, which is encouraging to know. I want to go out and put some muscle mass on. I want to be ready in case I graduate early and enroll by January, that way I don’t have to play catch up for a semester to be on the same level as the other college guys.

\"I definitely don’t want to come in and be overwhelmed. I know if I went up against guys like the defense at LSU right now, I would get demolished. I am just trying to be smart with it.\"

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