"LSU is definitely in the mix"

The LSU staff is after a quarterback for the 2010 class. While Jake Heaps, the nation's top-ranked quarterback prospect, named the Tigers to his wish list early in his recruitment, a top-five announcement took much of the LSU faithful by storm. Now, the Skyline standout is finding out if he could call Baton Rouge home.

When it comes to Jake Heaps’ recruitment, think of BYU, California, LSU, Tennessee and Washington.

Those are the only schools still in the running for the 5-star gunslinger, a situation that the Tiger faithful are more than happy about.

Yet, is the interest from the Issaquah native strong enough to keep LSU on his mind come decision time?

“LSU is definitely in the mix, because they have the winning tradition that I am looking for,” Heaps said. “They have an awesome fan base, and the whole aspect of what the football team has going on is something that interests me.

“It seems like it is a good environment to be around, and I believe it is somewhere that I really can have some long term success at.”

While Heaps has yet to take in an official football visit with Tiger program, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound standout is no stranger to the LSU campus.

“The interesting thing about LSU is that I have been over there before,” he said. “I went to a 7-on-7 in New Orleans, and after that I was able to get onto the campus in Baton Rouge. I saw the stadium and the set up, and I really liked everything that I took in.”

A member of the LDS faith, Heaps admits that the Mormon influence will weigh heavy on his decision.

Though BYU and Washington hold obvious support from the standpoint, the 5-star said that offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, a fellow Mormon, is a big reason that the Tigers are in the mix headed forward.

“There is definitely something comfortable with coach Crowton and being LDS,” Heaps said. “It is just awesome that I could be coached by an offensive mind like that, and at the same time have the support with my faith.

“The offense that coach Crowton has created is really special, and to be honest, I talk to coach [Les] Miles and coach Crowton and have just as much respect for them as any coach out there.”

With the staff giving the Bayou Bengals an early advantage, what else about the program has the attention of the nation’s no. 14 ranked overall prospect?

“I think that LSU is really one of the top programs in the nation,” he said. “Even with the down year, I think that they had a young quarterback and that the experience he gained will help them in the long run. The Tigers will bounce back and be the same LSU they always are.

“The one great thing is that they have always had great success.”

As for why the Tigers made his top five, Heaps points to individual areas that made each school stand out.

“Everyone has an individual niche,” he said. “I could really see myself being at LSU, because they are a bottom-line winning school. And, I can’t lie; they have some stud athletes that would be all around me.

“It comes down to that winning environment, and LSU has it. It is an awesome fan base; the whole aspect of what the SEC is all about is good.”

As for where the Tigers stand headed forward, Heaps said that the coming months should see a visit to Baton Rouge.

“I am definitely trying to get down there, whether I am on Orbitz or some other travel site every night,” Heaps said with a laugh. “The economy has me saving money to travel across the country, but I really want to see the campus again before the fall.

“I think I am going to make my decision before the end of the summer, but we will see what happens. There are five paths I can take right now.”

What would it take for that path to lead to south Louisiana?

“I think this summer will decide,” he said. “It is big time SEC football down there, and all that talent adds a lot of factors. Coach Crowton is a big part, but not just because he is Mormon, but also because he is a great offensive mind.

“BYU and Washington are schools that I am familiar with, but I would not count LSU out at all, because they are a school that adds a lot of extra aspects.”

With the Tigers and Huskies kicking off their 2009 seasons against one another, Heaps said that the coming months should provide plenty of excitement.

“I think it is pretty funny that it all set up like that,” he laughed. “I will probably already have decided by then, but it will be exciting all the same.”

As for leaders, Heaps said that naming a top five was all about seeing who would turn the heat up.

So far, the Tigers are in a good spot.

“I was putting things out there to see who gets after it, and some teams have really gotten the edge on others,” he said. “I have a really good relationship with coach Crowton right now, and we talk a good amount.

“LSU is a school that I am definitely considering. If it is the path I end up taking, we will see. But right now there are only five, so things should be interesting.”

As a junior, Heaps completed on 203-of-312 (65.1 percent) passes for 2,910 yards, 38 touchdowns, four interceptions and seven rushing touchdowns.

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Those are the only schools\r\nstill in the running for the 5-star gunslinger, a situation that the Tiger\r\nfaithful are more than happy about.

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Yet, is the interest from\r\nthe Issaquah native strong enough to keep LSU on his mind come decision time?

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“LSU is definitely in the\r\nmix, because they have the winning tradition that I am looking for,” Heaps\r\nsaid. “They have an awesome fan base, and the whole aspect of what the football\r\nteam has going on is something that interests me.

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“It seems like it is a\r\ngood environment to be around, and I believe it is somewhere that I really can\r\nhave some long term success at.”

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While Heaps has yet to\r\ntake in an official football visit with Tiger program, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound\r\nstandout is no stranger to the LSU campus.

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“The interesting thing\r\nabout LSU is that I have been over there before,” he said. “I went to a 7-on-7\r\nin New Orleans, and after that I was able to get onto the campus in Baton\r\nRouge. I saw the stadium and the set up, and I really liked everything that I\r\ntook in.”

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A member of the LDS faith,\r\nHeaps admits that the Mormon influence will weigh heavy on his decision.

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Though BYU and Washington\r\nhold obvious support from the standpoint, the 5-star said that offensive\r\ncoordinator Gary Crowton, a fellow Mormon, is a big reason that the Tigers are\r\nin the mix headed forward.

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“There is definitely\r\nsomething comfortable with coach Crowton and being LDS,” Heaps said. “It is\r\njust awesome that I could be coached by an offensive mind like that, and at the\r\nsame time have the support with my faith.

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“The offense that coach\r\nCrowton has created is really special, and to be honest, I talk to coach [Les]\r\nMiles and coach Crowton and have just as much respect for them as any coach out\r\nthere.”

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With the staff giving the Bayou\r\nBengals an early advantage, what else about the program has the attention of\r\nthe nation’s no. 14 ranked overall prospect?

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“I think that LSU is\r\nreally one of the top programs in the nation,” he said. “Even with the down\r\nyear, I think that they had a young quarterback and that the experience he\r\ngained will help them in the long run. The Tigers will bounce back and be the same\r\nLSU they always are.

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“The one great thing is\r\nthat they have always had great success.”

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As for why the Tigers made\r\nhis top five, Heaps points to individual areas that made each school stand out.

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“Everyone has an\r\nindividual niche,” he said. “I could really see myself being at LSU, because\r\nthey are a bottom-line winning school. And, I can’t lie; they have some stud\r\nathletes that would be all around me.

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“It comes down to that\r\nwinning environment, and LSU has it. It is an awesome fan base; the whole aspect of\r\nwhat the SEC is all about is good.”

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As for where the Tigers\r\nstand headed forward, Heaps said that the coming months should see a visit to\r\nBaton Rouge.

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“I am definitely trying to\r\nget down there, whether I am on Orbitz or some other travel site every night,”\r\nHeaps said with a laugh. “The economy has me saving money to travel across the\r\ncountry, but I really want to see the campus again before the fall.

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“I think I am going to\r\nmake my decision before the end of the summer, but we will see what happens.\r\nThere are five paths I can take right now.”

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What would it take for\r\nthat path to lead to south Louisiana?

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“I think this summer will\r\ndecide,” he said. “It is big time SEC football down there, and all that talent\r\nadds a lot of factors. Coach Crowton is a big part, but not just because he is\r\nMormon, but also because he is a great offensive mind.

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“BYU and Washington are\r\nschools that I am familiar with, but I would not count LSU out at all, because\r\nthey are a school that adds a lot of extra aspects.”

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With the Tigers and\r\nHuskies kicking off their 2009 seasons against one another, Heaps said that the\r\ncoming months should provide plenty of excitement.

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“I think it is pretty\r\nfunny that it all set up like that,” he laughed. “I will probably already have decided\r\nby then, but it will be exciting all the same.”

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As for leaders, Heaps said\r\nthat naming a top five was all about seeing who would turn the heat up.

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So far, the Tigers are in\r\na good spot.

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“I was putting things out\r\nthere to see who gets after it, and some teams have really gotten the edge on\r\nothers,” he said. “I have a really good relationship with coach Crowton right\r\nnow, and we talk a good amount.

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“LSU is a school that I am\r\ndefinitely considering. If it is the path I end up taking, we will see. But\r\nright now there are only five, so things should be interesting.”

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As a junior, Heaps\r\ncompleted on 203-of-312 (65.1 percent) passes for 2,910 yards, 38 touchdowns, four\r\ninterceptions and seven rushing touchdowns.

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