Heaps likes what he heard from Kiffin

Jake Heaps won’t let a little thing like timing preclude him from playing football at Tennessee.

At first glance, Heaps’ timeline and the Vols’ might not match. The standout quarterback from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., is all but determined to make his decision before his senior season.

“Unless something crazy happens, that’s what I’m going to do,” the 6-foot-1½, 195-pounder said.

By doing so, Heaps would choose his college destination before UT’s new offense under head coach Lane Kiffin hits the field.

“It really isn’t a big deal,” Heaps said. “I know what Coach Kiffin’s offense is. I’ve seen it almost every week over here on the west coast at USC (Southern California). I know what he wants to accomplish.”

Kiffin wants to accomplish a pro-style offense. That could be a perfect fit for Heaps, who will be rated among the top pro-style quarterbacks in the nation.

Heaps has upwards of 25 scholarship offers.

Heaps pared his list to 10: BYU, California, Colorado, North Carolina, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.

Then, a couple more heavyweights (Georgia and Florida State) came calling, meaning Heaps’ list is growing despite his best efforts to control it. Southern California is thought to be close to offering Heaps a scholarship.

The Vols appear to be in solid shape. Of the seven schools Heaps has visited, UT is the only one east of the Rocky Mountains.

“Overall, it was a fantastic visit,” Heaps said. “I had a blast down there, getting to meet the dream team (coaching) staff. The staff that they put together is amazing.”

Heaps has been busy this winter. He’s also visited Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, USC and BYU.

As for the Vols, Heaps’ conversation with Kiffin and quarterback coach David Reaves, his lead recruiter, stood out.

“We really got down to talking football philosophy,” Heaps said. “It was great. I was very impressed with all the coaches.

“Coach Kiffin is just a fantastic teacher. They are great communicators and know where they expect this program to go and where I could fit in.”

Heaps certainly appreciates being taught. Skyline head coach Mat Taylor makes Heaps sound like the football junkie one would expect from a top-flight prospect.

“A lot of recruiters say he’s as fundamentally sound as they’ve seen,” Taylor said. “He would go to (football) camps every weekend if he could.”

Heaps has the statistics to underscore his athletic prowess. In two seasons as a starter, he has thrown for more than 6,000 yards and close to 80 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions in Skyline’s pass-happy, four-wide receiver, no-huddle offense.

Yet Taylor points to two other of Heaps’ stats: 28-0 and two state titles as a starter.

“The No. 1 thing is the kid is a winner,” Taylor said.

A career 62.5 percent passer, accuracy has helped Heaps to such a gaudy win-loss record.

“He just doesn’t make the bad throw,” Taylor said.

There are limitations to Heaps’ game — only because they’ve been placed on him by Taylor. Heaps can run, Taylor maintains, but he’s too valuable to be allowed to do so.

“He’ll scramble to stay behind the line of scrimmage and throw,” Taylor said. “He’s not looking to run.”

Taylor and Heaps both want his highly anticipated decision to be made as soon as possible so both can focus on the 2009 season.

To find out more, Heaps said he’d like to take more visits this spring and, possibly, another trip to see the Vols’ summer camp in June. However, such travel aspirations have their limits.

“It’s definitely difficult with the financial times and the economy,” Heaps said. “We’ll do the best we can.”

UT can live without a summer visit from Heaps. Its coaches are hoping for Heaps’ signature on National Signing Day 2010.

Say this for the Vols, they’ve already overcome the most difficult hurdle: distance.

“Of course, in a perfect world, you’d love to be close to home but I’m going to go to the place that I think is best for me — scholastically, athletically and the overall environment — wherever that may be,” Heaps said.

“If that’s over here on the West Coast or at Tennessee, that’s where I’m going to be.”

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MidTennVol writes:

Holey moley -- sounds like a GET.

rockytopatl writes:

You other SEC schools are gonna be in Heaps of trouble! Come on east and south, Jake!

ArealVolFan writes:

Great news. Hard to argue with this kids reaction to Kiffin and company.

ethanfrome writes:

Come on dude! Your future is right here in K-Town!!!

huntined#565710 writes:

Hope he does decide to come to TENN. and sign early and help recruit>>> But it is a long time away..Right now I just hope we can land 2-3 of the four we are after this year..also may help him decide on the VOLS.

foolishfool writes:

I just hope we dont NEED him!

gohawks1 writes:

You'd look great in Orange, Jake. Come be a Vol, brother.

wyomingvol writes:

Big Orange Country Baby!!!

dburgVol writes:

The only bad thing about the kid is that as a mormon, he is required to make a 2 year mission trip and he wont be worth it if he pulls a j.t. mapu and come back overweight and outta shape, or he could pull a josh nunes and commit and say distance is not a factor, then say that it is, or he could work out perfectly. Hopefully the latter.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Rattle dem bones and tell me this guy will be a Vol, Doc!

invisiblekid writes:

It's a year away and far too early to get too excited, BUT Heaps would be the crown jewel of next year's class. I hope he makes the decision to make Knoxville his next home for four years and the Vols his extended family.

HtownVol writes:

COME ON JAKE!!! Be the QB to lead UT to a national championship!

invisiblekid writes:

By the way, a BIG CONGRATULATION to Brent Hubbs of Volquest:

http://www.nssahalloffame.com/86/inde...

hotrodvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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W-D, got to love those bones.

baldfan writes:

This is our guy!

gohawks1 writes:

in response to invisiblekid:

By the way, a BIG CONGRATULATION to Brent Hubbs of Volquest:

http://www.nssahalloffame.com/86/inde...

I see Mike Keith's name on that list too... nice.

How ya been, ikid?

StroVol writes:

Love the sign early and get on with it! None of this prima donna horse shyte. No matter where he goes, i'm watching this kid play football.

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Let's not forget Smith who has already committed. He will be ranked a top 20 player next year and possibly top 10. Huge signing!

hotrodvol writes:

The earlier the better. This could be a good snowball effect. CLK and staff should have a great class next year, it would be great to start with the top QB. Come Mr. Heaps the starting spot is yours to have.

invisiblekid writes:

in response to gohawks1:

I see Mike Keith's name on that list too... nice.

How ya been, ikid?

Doing very well IPO, and yourself?

TD_4_UT writes:

Sounds like the start of something big! Now to build on the relationship. If we get this guy to sign early can you imagine the OL,WR, we could get in 2010 class! Coach O will get DE,DT's. This could all change the landscape in 2010! GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

the kid used the word "scholastically". it automatically makes him light years ahead of the clod heads we have now...

cobbwebb writes:

alright! the extra 1" heaps has on tajh boyd, makes him a much better fit for tennessee! that is for all the clowns that said it was boyds height that would keep him from being a good qb! now what have you to say?

gohawks1 writes:

in response to invisiblekid:

Doing very well IPO, and yourself?

Doing good, brother. Kinda starved for Vols FB news at this time of year, but I shall persevere. Got plenty of DVDs to get me through the off-season.

vtvol#210290 writes:

I liked how Heaps referred to our "dream coaching staff." That means a lot. It's showing how even kids on the west coast are taking notice of what's transpiring in K-Town.

invisiblekid writes:

in response to cobbwebb:

alright! the extra 1" heaps has on tajh boyd, makes him a much better fit for tennessee! that is for all the clowns that said it was boyds height that would keep him from being a good qb! now what have you to say?

Kiffin would rather have Heaps. That's the only opinion that really counts.

I wish Boyd the best and hope his knee surgery went well. Look forward to watching him in death Valley someday.

invisiblekid writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Doing good, brother. Kinda starved for Vols FB news at this time of year, but I shall persevere. Got plenty of DVDs to get me through the off-season.

Yep doldrums are here and there is only so many Bryce Brown stories one can take. Looking forward to warmer weather and the popping of pads on the field.

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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An previous article about Heaps mentioned he may not do the mission thing. Maybe his religion is not a big factor as far as school choice. I assume we have mormon churches in Knoxville.

yeavols#228407 writes:

Every other school will have a blog about how Jake Heaps is going to sign with them..Let's see if Florida is after him. We already got Nu'Keese Richardson and Marsalis Teague and after some more Floridians..I wonder if Urban Myth is already talking with Notre Dame?

" I haven't been this excited since we hired Kiffin"

whoohoooo

DisorientedVol writes:

Has anyone heard info regarding the remaining 4 prospects for this year. Geathers will announce tomorrow. Out of the four, he would be my choice if my opinion matters (of course, it doesn't).

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

This is it. GO VOLS!!!!

cobbwebb writes:

what time is gathers going to announce?

chrisw2967 writes:

maybe we can land this kid

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to cobbwebb:

what time is gathers going to announce?

This article says between 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., EST on Friday.

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/840687.html

yeavols#228407 writes:

Kiffin after another Pahokee prospect
By Dave Hooker (Contact)
Originally published 02:39 p.m., February 18, 2009
Updated 02:39 p.m., February 18, 2009

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin is not afraid to venture back into Pahokee (Fla.) High School.

Thought I would bring the story to the interlopers since they have convenient amnesia, selective recall, and diseased short term memory.

cobbwebb writes:

in response to DisorientedVol:

This article says between 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., EST on Friday.

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/840687.html

thank you sir!

cobbwebb writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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we dot give a phooey about your little articles!

http://itsgoodahthinksgatorzzsux.com/....

cobbwebb writes:

make that, we DONT .....

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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TommyJack writes:

in response to invisiblekid:

By the way, a BIG CONGRATULATION to Brent Hubbs of Volquest:

http://www.nssahalloffame.com/86/inde...

What? No Finebaum?

DisorientedVol writes:

I think the key to our recruiting next year will be based on how much our offense improves. A depressing thought is that in the last two years we have recruited 11 offensive players. Also, our offensive line is thin. Injuries will be painful. However, if this staff does bring life to our offense, then I will be a believer along with the rest of the country whether they want to or not.

cobbwebb writes:

in response to TommyJack:

What? No Finebaum?

sorry tj, different award-
finebaum won, national azzwipe of the year, as given by the NAHAA, national azz hole association of america!

randzimm#255981 writes:

I haven't been this excited since David Cutcliff left, then Randy Sanders left, Cutcliff came back... then left, Dave Clawson came in... Fired Fulmer... Hired Kiffin... Yeah Baby!! Go Vols!! I hope we land Montana or Heaps and I hope Marlon Brown cries like T.O. when he don't get the ball!

Oh yeah... GOVOLS!

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

This could be a defining moment! Imagine if he commits to us early. He would bring in all kinds of recurits! GO VOLS!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

in response to cobbwebb:

sorry tj, different award-
finebaum won, national azzwipe of the year, as given by the NAHAA, national azz hole association of america!

and was very deserving...

cobbwebb writes:

in response to Orange_Man:

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wait a minute orange man, are you saying we are all losers, or as some on here like to say "lossers" ?

dvols writes:

uhhhh...6 foot 1 and a half (and a half) uhhhhhhh......

nevermind, glug, glug, glug

txvolsfan writes:

in response to SuckMYVolzz:

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I heard he was a football coach.
I think we both are wrong

invisiblekid writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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Don't you have to collect cans for bail money:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnew...

http://www.faniq.com/blog/Jillian-McC...

Or are you still working on your revisionist history of the Manhattan Project? What's next, Niels Bohr developed his model of atomic structure at a strip mall in Gainesville? William Rontgen discovered the x ray in the same lab as the dudes who came up with Gatorade?

CLKVOL writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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nice link to a oakland raider/al davis loving editorial writer..posting something of substance would be 'non compos mentis'..but that's just not your style, is it?
what a joke..

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