February 13, 2009

Top of the Heap(s)

Georgia will have a limited number of scholarships for next year and therefore is only targeting the cream of the crop.

The quarterback position is no exception and the Bulldogs have offered one of the elite passers for 2010 in Jake Heaps from Skyline High School in Washington.

The 6-foot-2 Heaps has had two amazing seasons the last two years at Skyline high school, throwing for over 6,000 yards and 69 touchdowns. He has compiled a pretty decent record as well.

"I'm a big competitor, I just hate losing," Heaps told UGASports Thursday night. "I demand a lot from my team and more from myself. We put in a lot of hard work and it has paid off in back to back state titles." "To be 28-0 we have had to persevere through many hardships, which are the mark of a great team and a great program."

The standout performer has had a completion percentage of over 60% the last two seasons, and has developed into one of the premier quarterbacks in the nation.

"I am a field general, almost like a second coach on the field," Heaps said. "Granted, it involves a lot of hard work but you have to have fun at the same time. I have had the love for this game since I was a kid, and my feelings have not changed since then."

The Bulldogs became the 20th team to offer Heaps, joining the likes of Cal, Florida State, Tennessee, and UCLA. Heaps still cannot believe all the attention he is getting.

"Never in my wildest imaginations did I think this would be possible. I thought maybe I would be fighting for one," said the Evergreen State standout.

The Bulldogs may be almost 2800 miles away, but they keyed in on the star quarterback before anyone in state.

"I started getting letters from Georgia last August," Heaps said. "Then they requested game tape halfway through the season."

Although they had shown interest, the offer took him by surprise.

"It really came out of the blue. I am very excited about the opportunity," the top junior quarterback said.

Georgia is not a school that gets listed often by Washington recruits, but Heaps knows the Bulldogs well.

"They have had their fair share of quarterbacks, whether it was David Greene, D.J. Shockley, or now Matthew Stafford," he said. "Those three signal callers let you know it is a gate program."

A month ago, Heaps announced his intentions of naming a Top 10 list. He has since said he has not set his Top Ten in stone.

"I have to reevaluate my Top 10, at the time it was to give those teams a fair shot. I need to look at all the pieces of the puzzle," said Heaps.

The recent offers have derailed his attempt to decide earlier, but he still wants to decide before its tool late.

"Definitely the timeframe at latest is before my senior season starts. That should give me time to begin relationship with coaches," Heaps acknowledged. "I am going to visit California tomorrow, Tennessee on Sunday, which is as far as we have planned."

Heaps, already named to the 2010 Army All American Team, had good things to say about play in the southeast, but also had strong feelings for playing in the Pacific North West.

"Georgia is one of those SEC powerhouses you see can see play anywhere in the country; and it is also an exciting chance and I am excited about the possibilities of playing with UGA," said Heaps. "I will tell you this, at Washington we don't take a back seat to anybody, we produce big time talent.

"My school and Bellvue are nationally ranked every year. We went down to the Las Vegas 7-on-7 and came in 2nd with no practice and no coach; we also dominated in another 7-on-7 down in New Orleans run by the NFL."

Heaps knows what he is looking for, and he hopes to find it before his senior year begins.

"No question I will go to the best situation for me as a student and as a player on the field," he said. "Whichever system fits me more, the philosophy of the coaching staff stadium and campus fan base players all are important."

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