Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer) picked up his first-ever offer last week, but another school remains the clear leader for one of the state’s best quarterbacks of the 2014 class.
Heard earned an offer from Nebraska and its offensive coordinator, Tim Beck, after the Huskers scouted him at a recent Guyer spring practice.
“It was a pretty neat thing when they offered me, and I was so excited. It was amazing. I talked to the offensive coordinator and he’s really cool,” Heard said. “They really like my film and how I ran the offense at Guyer, which is what they run at Nebraska.”
Heard hopes to make it up to Nebraska for a camp this summer but plans to attend as many as he can in the state of Texas as well.
Despite the offer, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound dual-threat passer still considers Texas his favorite school so far.
“Texas is definitely on top and all the other Texas schools are up there,” Heard said. “At the spring game, Texas said they could offer me and they’re coming for me.”
UT’s Orange-White game on April 1 was the only spring game Heard attended this year. He enjoyed watching the Longhorns’ quarterbacks in action and got to catch up with co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and receivers coach Darrell Wyatt after the game.
“I thought it was good,” he said. “It was cool seeing [David] Ash and the rotation and that new kid, [Connor] Brewer. Seeing how they rotated their offense was so cool.”
The fact Heard is already the top quarterback on Texas’ 2014 recruiting board along with Ronald Monroe (Fort Bend, Texas/Bush) means a lot to the sophomore.
“It means I’m doing something right, and also that I have to keep working hard for it to stay up there,” Heard said.
In addition to Nebraska, Boise State, Houston and Rice have all shown interest in Heard while visiting Guyer this spring. Another big-time program jumped onto his radar this week: Oklahoma.
Heard said Sooners assistant Bobby Jack Wright attended Guyer’s practice on Monday and hopes to get him to a summer camp and a junior day next spring.
“I think it’s a great school,” Heard said. “I think it’s one of those schools that will always be on top and great for a quarterback in my position. It was exciting to see him out there.”
As a sophomore, Heard threw for nearly 2,350 yards, ran for another 750 and produced 32 total touchdowns in his first year as a starter.