New Tennessee Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin promised Volunteer fans upon his hiring that he and his staff would recruit on a national level, going after the top players in the country in his efforts to return the Volunteer Football Program to the nation's elite status.
It appears that Kiffin and his staff are living up to those promises, as the Volunteers remain a major player for the top signal caller in the country.
InsideTennessee.com spoke to Scout.com's No.1 rated quarterback Jake Heaps to gage the talented gunslinger's interest in the Volunteer Football program.
"I have a tremendous amount of interest in the Tennessee Football Program," Heaps said. "I truly enjoyed my unofficial visit there last month. It was a great trip and I thought everything at Tennessee was awesome."
It appears that it was the Vol's new head coach that made the biggest impression on the talented signal caller.
"I was very impressed with Coach Kiffin and his entire coaching staff," Heaps said. "I keep in touch with their coaching staff a lot. Their offense is very quarterback friendly. I was truly impressed with the sincerity of their entire staff. Coach Kiffin really cares about you as a person and not just a football player."
Heaps is also impressed with the coaching staff that Kiffin has assembled.
"I grew up watching Coach Kiffin and Coach (Ed) Orgeron coaching at USC and what they accomplished there," Heaps said. "Coach Monte Kiffin is one of the all time great coaches in the NFL. It's amazing the staff they have put together at Tennessee. I truly believe in this coaching staff, they are going to accomplish great things in Knoxville."
During Heaps' visit to Rocky Top he was amazed on the quality of people he met.
"The quality of people in Tennessee was amazing," Heaps explained. "It's a great family environment. I loved the facilities there and their stadium is unbelievable. It's impressive they are still working on improving everything, it shows the commitment they for their football program there."
It's easy to see why Heaps of Skyline High School in Issaquah Washington is Scout.com's No.1 rated quarterback in the country.
If you're not impressed by his accomplishments and stats for the last two years, then take a look at his impressive offer sheet that includes official scholarship offers from over 25 of the top football programs in the country. Heaps led his team to an undefeated season his sophomore season and state championship and for the last two years has completed 405-648 (.625) for 6104 yards and 69 TD's, 11 Int's, 21 Rushing TD's.
"To be rated the No.1 quarterback in the country and to have the offers I have is incredible," Heaps said. "It's really a tremendous honor for me. This whole process has been so surreal. I worked so hard and it's paying off. I plan on carrying my work ethic the next level, this is the only the first step of my career."
Heaps recently narrowed his list to a Top 10 and the Volunteers made the cut. Will Tennessee manage to make the cut in a couple of weeks when the five star quarterback narrows the list to five?
"Tennessee has a great chance to make that cut," Heaps said. "They are recruiting me as hard as anyone, they definitely made a lasting impression on me on my visit and how they are recruiting me. We will have to wait and see. I will probably cut my list down to five in the next couple of weeks."
InsideTennessee.com will continue to follow Heaps' recruitment, stay tuned for the latest developments.