As a recruit: Jake Heaps was considered by some to be the nation's top quarterback prospect coming out of Skyline High in Washington. He finished his prep career with a 40-2 record. He threw for 3,191 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior in 2009, and was named the Washington State Player of the Year. He finished his prep career with 9,196 yards with 114 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions. Heaps had scholarship offers from just about every major program in America, including Miami (during the Randy Shannon regime), but committed and signed with BYU.
As a college player: It didn't take Heaps long to win the starting job at BYU as a true freshman in 2010. He started 10 games and finished the season with 2,316 yards, 15 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He started just six games as a sophomore in 2011 and finished the season with 1,452 yards with nine touchdowns and eight picks. After losing playing time that year he decided to transfer to Kansas to play under former NFL offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. After sitting out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Heaps won the starting job last season and started nine games for the Jayhawks. He finished the season with 1,414 yards, eight touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He transferred to Miami after the spring and will not have to sit out because he has already graduated. He enrolled at Miami earlier this summer.
What to expect: Heaps has something that every other quarterback on the current roster doesn't have -- game experience. That could play a big factor in determining who starts those first few games (two tough road games in the first month) especially if Ryan Williams is unable to return that quickly. Heaps has been a pretty average quarterback during his first three college seasons but he'll have a much more talented supporting cast here at Miami than he did at his previous two schools. The decision to accept his transfer probably made sense to the Hurricane coaches after Kevin Olsen seemed unprepared to take over the starting job in the spring. If Williams is forced to miss the first few games, Heaps is the guy that will likely give Miami its best chance of winning road games at Louisville and Nebraska. It's unlikely that he'll win the job over Williams when he returns but anything could happen, especially if he starts and plays well and wins those first few road games. At best, he will be a solid starting quarterback for the Hurricanes all season. At worst, he will give Miami its most proven backup in a couple decades. It's a win/win situation.