Heard's dual-threat ability makes him a QB to watch.
Class Rank: 12
Commitments: 21 (0 5-star, 7 4-star)
Key Pickup: QB Jerrod Heard
After looking like a sure-fire lock for a top 10 recruiting class, the Longhorns have seen several decommitments following the coaching change.
Still, the team has managed to hold onto one of its key recruits in 4-star Jerrod Heard.
Fortunately, he is among one of new head coach Charlie Strong's backers.
"(Texas) definitely got a good coach," Heard toldOrangeBloods.com reporter Jason Suchomel. "How he turned Louisville around into one of the top schools, he's a great recruiter, got some good guys in and I think that's what he's going to do at Texas. It's heading to the right track."
It’s no secret that Texas has struggled at the quarterback position since Colt McCoy. Last season was no different, as the team’s quarterbacks combined to throw for 2,762 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on 57.1 percent passing for a passer rating of 117.7.
A healthy David Ash and soon-to-be sophomore Tyrone Swoopes are already pegged to compete for the starting job in Austin over the next couple of months.
However, don’t sleep on Heard. His combination of arm strength and speed—he runs a 4.59 40—should allow him to push his way into that competition.
All in all, it was certainly a key pickup for the Longhorns.
Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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