Heath Names Favorite

Brandon Heath is one of the most heavily recruited defensive back prospects in the state of Florida this year. At 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, the talented defender talked about how he arrived at this point in his career.

"I started playing about 10 or 11 years ago," Heath said. "I was one of those guys who played all over the field, every position. I wanted to try them all. It's been great. This will be my fourth year as a starter so I think I'm well prepared going into my senior year."

Brandon Heath, who also runs track and plays basketball, is coming off a strong spring for Palm Beach Lakes H.S.

"It was a great spring," he said. "We played our spring game against Glades Central. I was playing safety but I really wanted a chance to stick him (rising junior Deonte Thompson, one of the state's top players). He had like six catches for over 150 yards. He was really fast and had a big game against us. I'll give him his props. He looks like a good one."

Earlier this month Heath spent time at the UM summer camp. He talked about that experience.

"I just went for the one day," he said. "Jared Fayson from Tampa was there. He played some WR and looked OK there. He likes going deep. He's a nice deep threat and just needs to better understand the rest of the stuff."

It wasn't Fayson, however, who impressed Heath most. That honor belonged to Miami Pace safety Tervaris Johnson.

"The dude from Pace was nice," he said. "He was really big. He was just tossing people out there. He's built like a linebacker and was able to catch up (speed) with all the receivers. He was impressive."

Heath, who said he doesn't have a preference of playing offense or defense in college, is coming off a strong junior season. He finished the year with 32 receptions for 580 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he had 32 tackles and three picks.

"Just knowing the game the way I do gives me an advantage I think," he said. "I've been raised around this game. It's what I'm all about. Football's in me. I used to go to the Dolphins training camp, the Tampa Bay Bucs camp. I've watched a lot of film and I'm always on top of things. My awareness on the field is what separates me from most of the other guys."

Heath became a major recruiting prospect this past spring and has plenty of written offers to prove it.

"My top five would be Miami, West Virginia, Louisville, Florida, and probably Rutgers," he said. "They've all sent me an offer."

One of those programs stands out way above the others at this point in the process and Heath is quick to make you aware of that.

"It's all about The U," he said when asked about his favorite. "That's where it's at. UM's definitely on top. The tradition they have is great. They produce defensive backs into the NFL like crazy. Look at them all. The weather, the distance, I'm from down here so my family could watch my games."

Heath didn't always have UM at the top of his list. That began changing when he started learning new things recently.

"I realized that they run a scheme that I want to play in," he said. "They play man up, in your face a lot. Their safeties have a lot of freedom and responsibility. I talked to Coach Shannon about playing safety there. He said, 'free, strong, whatever it takes to get you here,' and I liked that. I could definitely see myself out there playing for the U. It's something I've wanted to do but I'm still gonna check out those other schools."

Heath was in West Virginia last weekened for a football camp with the Mountaineers.

Post-Spring Hot 100 rank: 44

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