If you're looking for a talented player that could potentially star at either wide receiver or defensive back, then there are few around better than Brandon Heath from Palm Beach Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Already considered one of Florida's top prospects, Heath earned that distinction last year when he hauled in 32 receptions for 580 yards and five touchdowns while collecting 32 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He was rewarded with all-county and class 6A all-state honors.
Florida recruiting analyst Larry Blustein has rated Heath the No. 8 player in Florida and had this to say in his scouting report-
"One thing that stands out about Heath, whether you watch him live or on tape, is he makes big plays," wrote Blustein. "There is not a prospect in the state, whether it's on offense or defense, that anyone will see who makes more big time plays.
"Last year in the playoffs, Heath had three interceptions and one was returned back for a touchdown. He has that gift of turning things around – just like that!
"On offense, Heath runs real nice routes and has as good a pair of hands as
you will see on a receiver. He is very difficult to jam on the line of
scrimmage. In fact, he is far advanced at doing so for a youngster in high
"When looking at Heath, most would underestimate what he is capable of doing on a football field. That's exactly what happened at the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us Football Camp last month. When Heath lined up as a receiver every defensive back at the camp wanted a piece of him. After he schooled just about every defensive back, there was not much left to say about Heath."
It's safe to say that before all is said and done, Heath will be one of the most sought-after players from the Sunshine State. The Wolfpack has had tremendous success in south Florida over the years and they'll hope their desperate need for WR's and DB's will pay dividends with the potential all-american prospect. They've managed to make their way onto Heath's early list of favorites.
"I really like their offense and the way they throw the ball all over the field," said Heath. "They've got a bunch of Florida guys up there and I know Dajuan Morgan. I haven't talked to any of the coaches yet but me and my coach are hoping to make a trip up there this summer."
Heath reported he's earned offers from Florida, Louisville, West Virginia and Minnesota and formulated an early top four.
"Right now I like NC State, Miami, Florida and Louisville," said Heath.
Heath admitted that he grew up watching the Canes so an offer from Miami could easily make them the team to beat. In the meantime Heath will be working hard in preparation for his senior season and what is sure to be a feverish recruiting saga. When it comes time to make a decision, Heath knows exactly what he'll be looking for.
"I want to go somewhere where I can be an impact player as a freshman," he said. "I've thought about maybe playing both ways and it would be cool if I could do it."
Heath plans to camp at Florida, West Virginia and Miami this summer.