Top 2014 QB Takes in Spring Game

A top 2014 quarterback made his way to the 40 Acres this past weekend, taking in the Texas Relays and the Orange-White Game.

"It went great," Jerrod Heard said. "It was a great experience, very fun. I had a great time."

A standout for Denton Guyer, Heard said that he arrived Saturday and went to the Texas Relays to watch track. Sunday, he tripped to the Moncrief Complex to take in the Texas program and watch the spring game.

"I watched all those guys out there running and throwing, and afterward, I talked to the coaches," Heard said. "I wanted to meet everyone, and I was able to meet some of the players."

Heard was also able to get a moment with Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin.

"It was pretty quick," Heard said. "He talked to me about how he liked my film, and just encouraged me to keep up the good work.

"He talked to me about how he liked how I looked downfield," Heard said. "And he also said he liked my footwork."

Heard emerged on the scene as a sophomore, throwing for 2,286 yards and 28 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 650 yards and five more scores. The 6-foot-2 signal caller is athletic enough to play basketball as well, and he runs on the 4x200 and 4x400 teams for the Denton Guyer track team.

This year, he had plenty of help in a pair of big targets. Receiver Conner Crane signed with Stanford, while plenty of teams are taking long looks at 2013 Guyer wideout Ellis Jefferson.

"It really helped me a lot, knowing that if the play broke down, I had those two guys out there," Heard said. "Or even our slot guys … I could just pop it to any one of those guys."

Heard said that Crane also provided him with an example to follow through the recruiting process. While it's still early for Heard, he said he was starting to figure out what he wanted in a college choice.

"I think I'll probably pick based on the education," Heard said. "I'll also look at how they'll use me, what I like about the offensive scheme. I think those are going to be (the main factors) when I make my choice."

Heard has yet to truly travel anywhere to look at schools, and said he grew up rooting for all of the in-state schools, from Texas, Texas A&M to Baylor to SMU and TCU.

"That's how my whole family was," Heard said. "We rooted for all those Texas schools."

Heard said he enjoyed taking in the spring game experience.

"I saw how they got hyped before the game, and how they executed," Heard said. "I watched Case and Ash dropping back in seven step drops and throwing the ball. Just watching that was great."

Heard said he's focused on his own footwork, which — while it was something Harsin said he was impressed with — he said he needed to continue to improve.

"I feel like I need to improve on my posture, keeping my balance and my shoulders steady," Heard said. "I need to work on my footwork too. I just have to get better at standing straight and having a great release with the ball."

Heard's talent and work ethic have earned him some early lauding from people across the state, with Heard considered to be one of the top couple quarterbacks in his class. He said that recent attention served as an indicator that he could play quarterback at a BCS school.

"Yeah, I definitely started to get that feeling, that maybe I could do great things at the college level," Heard said. "I just need to keep working and get myself out there."

Heard is finalizing his summer plans, but said he plans to attend as many local camps as he can, while still making an occasional trip out of state to a few choice schools.

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