Dayne Crist isn’t the only elite quarterback transferring this year. BYU’s Jake Heaps announced that he would be transferring, but now, we may know where he will end up. According to Jayhawkslant.com, Heaps will be visiting Kansas and new head coach Charlie Weis.
As the top pro-style quarterback in the 2010 recruiting class per Rivals.com rankings, he was recruited by Weis while he was still at Notre Dame. Crist is also being courted by the coach, but he would not have to sit out a year because he has his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame.
Heaps would have to wait his turn per NCAA rules, but Crist wouldn’t have any more eligibility at that point.
This would be a great move for the sophomore because he could definitely use some more coaching. He has had some major interception issues during his career and was replaced by Riley Nelson, who is more mobile.
Heaps is the ideal guy to run Weis’ pro-style offense, and by the time he is able to play, there should be at least some playmakers surrounding him to make his job a little easier.
In order for Weis’ offense to function properly, he needs a quality quarterback, and until he can recruit one, getting big name transfers like Heaps and Crist will be imperative for the immediate success of the program.
Another possible destination for Heaps is in his home state playing for Mike Leach at Washington State. Marshall Lobbestael doesn’t have any eligibility after this year, so the Cougars will need a quarterback for next season, which Heaps can’t help with. It’s also debatable how successful he would be in Leach’s “Air Raid” offense, which works out of the shotgun.
Don’t be surprised if this visit to Kansas will ultimately seal the deal for Heaps.