When you have missed by a mile on some big-time quarterbacks and only have two scholarshipped on the roster, you better hang on to your lone recruit at the position. That said, no commit is more crucial to Texas' 2014 class than Jerrod Heard.
Heard is the nation's No. 2 dual-threat quarterback. He is an instinctive playmaker who throws an accurate ball and is also coming off of his second straight state title. He will need to add size to his 190-pound frame, but Heard is a great overall prospect.
According to Dave Behr of the Austin Statesman, as of this writing, Heard is still "100% committed to Texas" and considers Charlie Strong a "great hire." That's great news for Texas fans, because losing him would be catastrophic to this class.
Though we have seen encouraging play from QB Tyrone Swoopes, there is no guarantee he can man the position for the next three years. David Ash, via a medical redshirt, could have two years of eligibility remaining. But given that he already has recurring concussion symptoms, according to head athletic trainer Kenny Boyd, counting on him to man the position is just as dubious.
Getting Heard on campus and developing him is one of this program's highest priorities as it rebuilds. Should the worst happen next season, he would be ready to take over and make a difference as early as 2015. Without him, the position will continue to hang in limbo.