Two years. Two seasons over 2,000 yards both rushing and passing. Two Texas High School State Championships. And two state championship game MVP awards. It's hard to put together a better two-season run than Texas commitment Jerrod Heard.
"It is crazy to think that my high school career is over," Heard said. "But I'm very appreciative how it ended.
"That's about as good as it gets," Heard said.
This title came via a 31-14 victory over 4A's top defense in San Antonio Brennan, while last year's victory came over an explosive Georgetown squad with a great offense. After beating the Eagles, Heard joked that his mom told him a title would bump his curfew up so he could stay out longer. This time, he quipped it would move "probably to 11:30, I'm hoping." Jokes aside, Heard's mother is a big part of who he is, with her watchful eye over his school work and positive influence on his tenacious work ethic.
"That's who she is," Heard said.
It's that work ethic, along with his versatile skills, that make so many sure that Heard could succeed in any college system. And that's in part — coupled with Heard's experience in a varied and dynamic high school offense at Guyer — why Heard said he isn't sweating the coaching changes at Texas.
"It's Mack Brown," Heard said. "The majority of the kids who committed there wanted to play for Mack Brown. But also, we've committed to the school and the system that they have. That's basically what I committed on, and like I said before, I wish Mack Brown the best of luck for whatever he does in this situation, but right now, I'm committed to Texas and just being patient to see what happens and staying strong with it."
Heard also said he was confident in the school moving forward.
"I have no doubt that they're going to get the best coach," Heard said. "I have no worries about that."
Few have worries about Heard, especially after his big-game performances. A year after scoring seven combined touchdowns in Guyer's state title win, Heard hit on all nine of his passes, throwing for one touchdown, while rushing for 159 yards and another two touchdowns. While many freeze up in big-game situations, Heard is known for thriving on the biggest stage.
"It was another big game for us," Heard said. "We've been in this situation before and we experienced it last year. So we were happy to do it again and very excited."
This time, he found himself facing speedy Brennan defensive end Derick Roberson, a fellow Texas commitment who chased Heard around for much of the game.
"I never ran as fast as I did when I went to his side," Heard said. "Derick's an explosive player, definitely one of the guys we keyed on. I just really wish him the best and hope he stays strong with Texas and we stay great teammates and win the national championship."
Heard said that he didn't talk any trash during the game, but added that Roberson certainly talked his share. He said it was "all love" though, and added that the two talked after the game.
The duo stand as the top two Texas commitments in the class, and could be counted on heavily by the new staff. Heard originally planned to enroll early, but will delay his enrollment until after the spring semester. Still, he said he's hoping to play early and start, but said he'd have to earn his way.