Heaps coach talks about Tennessee's chances

Having the No. 1 rated quarterback in the country can keep a head coach pretty busy during spring evaluations for college coaches. Skyline Head Coach Mat Taylor talks to InsideTennessee.com about his quarterback Jake Heaps and about sophomore wide receiver Kasen Williams who also has an offer from the Vols. If you're not a premium member you're missing out!

Having the No. 1 rated quarterback in the country can keep a head coach pretty busy during spring evaluations for college coaches.

Add to the equation that the same head coach has perhaps the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, who is only a sophomore and you can understand why Skyline Head Coach Mat Taylor feels like an air traffic controller at LAX the last couple of days.

"It's been very busy the last couple of days, I would say we have had 30 or more coaches throughout our door and that was just Monday," Coach Taylor explained. "It's a good problem to have, I wouldn't want the alternative."

Taylor is the head coach at Skyline High School in Sammamish Washington, the home of Scout.com No. 1 rated quarterback Jake Heaps and sophomore stand out wide receiver Kasen Williams.

Both Heaps and Williams has numerous offers, both having received offers from the University of Tennessee.

"Tennessee offered Kasen over a month ago or more," Taylor said. "Now every other SEC school has come in and offered. He just picked one up from Alabama today, Florida last week and LSU the week before."

Heaps recently narrowed his list of over 25 offers to five finalists; one of those schools belongs to Lane Kiffin, the new Tennessee head coach.

"Jake was very impressed that Coach David Reeves was one of the first coaches here Monday morning," Coach Taylor said. "Coach Reeves and I got a chance to sit down and talk a little football, he seems to be a great quarterback coach, and I was impressed with his knowledge."

Where does the Vols stand in Heaps recruitment?

"It meant a lot to him that they were here Monday," Taylor said. "Tennessee is in it as much as any of the other four schools. I would say their chances are good. He has a lot of interest in the Vols; he has a lot of respect for Coach Kiffin. He really enjoyed his visit earlier this spring there."

InsideTennessee.com got a chance to ask Taylor about his standout quarterback and what makes Heaps so special.

"He is a tremendous leader and more importantly the young man is a winner," Taylor said. "He is 28-0 as a two year starter. He has won two back to back state championships; he hasn't ever lost a game."

According to Taylor, it's Heaps work ethic that puts him above a lot of other signal callers.

"He won't be outworked by anyone," Taylor said. "He is very polished and very fundamentally sound. He makes great decisions. He has only had 7 or 8 interceptions in two years. He never forces his throws."

Heaps and Williams has developed a great bond, becoming great teammates and good friends.

"They have that special chemistry of a quarterback and receiver," Taylor said. "They have developed a good friendship. Together they are even more special because of their timing and bond."

If Kiffin has his way that bond will continue at Rocky Top for years to come.


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