BYU Brings in Top Quarterback Recruit for Visit

JeremySenior Writer IApril 7, 2009

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 23:   Fui Vakapuna #1 of BYU runs with the ball against Utah State September 23, 2006 in Provo, Utah. BYU defeated Utah State 38-0.  (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

Jake Heaps is one of the highly sought after quarterback in the country. He made a visit to BYU and attended one of their spring practices.  The practice was not in pads, but the team put on a passing showcase from both quarterbacks Max Hall and Brenden Gaskins.  This would be a huge get for BYU, and with the history of quarterback success at BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has a chance to get this guy.

The only thing that needs to be done is to woo the player and give him special treatment.  In the past, the Cougars staff have not done anything special for higher ranked recruits.  Their stance has been that players recruit BYU, not the other way around, and with Bronco Mendenhall not wanting to persuade 17 and 18 year old kids who do not have their mind made up.

Hopefully, for the Cougars sake, they actually do bring out the high class treatment for special recruits, and figure out how they can separate themselves from the rest of the schools recruiting Jake Heaps. 

Pretty much every school is interested or has offered, but the biggest threat comes from Washington.  Washington you say?  Yes, because Steve Sarkisian who is now the head coach and formerly from USC who was a great recruiter in Troy for Pete Carroll. 

Also, with Heaps being from Seattle the Huskies have the in, and Jake Locker, who is their current quarterback, will be a Junior, which gives Heaps time to learn behind a great player. has him rated as the  No. 136 overall rated prospect, ESPNU has him just on the outside of their top 150 list, but then has Heaps rated as the No. 1 rated quarterback  in the nation.

Heaps is a pro style quarterback, which would fit into the BYU system, and what helps he is a member of the LDS faith.  BYU is the university that is owned by the LDS church which could give BYU an advantage.  However, this past year, BYU missed out on top LDS athletes in Xavier Su’a Filo who was a top five offensive lineman who went to UCLA, and then the top linebacker Manti Te’o choose Notre Dame over BYU.

Heaps, Jake



Pro-style quarterback

Sammamish (WA) Skyline

Ht: 6-foot-2

Wt: 195 lbs

Forty: 4.8 secs

Bench max: 235 pounds

Squat max: 350 pounds

Class: 2010 (High School)

BYUMedium4/6Brandon Doman
Florida StateMediumNoneJimbo Fisher
GeorgiaMediumNoneMike Bobo
LSUMediumNoneGary Crowton
Notre DameMediumNoneRob Ianello
TennesseeMedium3/15David Reaves