Jerrod Heard is a 4-star quarterback who is among the top passers in the nation. He is committed to Texas, where he could become a superstar.
Heard has a terrific set of skills, works hard and knows how to lead a team. He's delivered in big games, as he faces great competition in Texas. The Longhorns are getting a stud who has what it takes to be a great player in Austin.
Heard's talent, potential and areas of needed improvement all warrant a closer look.
Heard is a dual-threat quarterback who plays for John H. Guyer High School in Texas. Before coming into his senior season in 2013, he had thrown for 4,376 yards and 45 touchdowns, per 247Sports.
Heard also ran for 2,788 yards and 40 touchdowns from 2011-2012. He has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he will fit right in among the nation's best players.
At 6'2".5" and 190 pounds, Heard looks great on the hoof. He has added some bulk since his junior season, shows excellent definition in his arms and could grow another inch.
Heard is a great athlete who shows good quickness in his drops from center. He doesn't waste much time when setting up, scans the field to work through his progressions and appears to be a solid decision-maker.
The future Longhorn has above-average arm strength, and his added strength and bulk will help him get more velocity on his throws as his career progresses.
He can spin the ball to targets with good accuracy, is capable of throwing with touch and plays with a calm demeanor. Heard has the mobility to elude rushers in the pocket, attack the edges to make throws on the run and can also be used as a designed runner.
While Heard has good arm strength, there are quarterbacks in the 2014 class who fire the ball with more authority. He needs to become more consistent with his stroke and follow through more with his throws.
This will improve as he receives more coaching in college. Polishing up other minor aspects of his skills should be Heard's objective before he arrives in Austin.
This is a highlight reel of Heard showing his talent. The tape displays several outstanding runs by the quarterback, as he has good speed and elusiveness.
However, he also is seen making many great throws. His set-up quickness, athleticism and ability to get balls quickly to receivers in the intermediate passing game are impressive during these highlights.
Heard participated in The Opening this summer, which is a marquee event for the top recruits in the country. This clip shows him working out at the event, and he also played during the seven-on-seven portion of the camp.
Heard likely will not win a starting job as a true freshman, but he is a better passer than Texas' reserve quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and could beat out the 2013 signee for playing time.
Whenever Heard gets his shot to start, he'll be one of the better quarterbacks in the Big 12. He may not take the world by storm like Jameis Winston did at Florida State, but Heard will be a steady and reliable player.
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