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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
UT commit Heard puts on recruiting hat

By Tom VanHaaren

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- As a Texas commit, quarterback Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer) is focusing more on himself and his growth out at The Opening and Elite 11. That doesn't mean, however, that he isn't putting on the recruiting hat for the Longhorns.

Jerrod Heard
Quarterback Jerrod Heard is focusing on his overall growth at The Opening and Elite 11.
"My goal was to become a better person, a better athlete and just perfect my game. Then the recruiting when the guys come off the field," he said. "Like right now, we're done, so I'm probably going to start recruiting. Everyone that's undecided, everybody. I'm just being a sponge right now and enjoying it."

This was the first year that StudentSports combined the Elite 11 and The Opening into one event, so it gave the quarterbacks a unique scenario in terms of what is asked of them. The events started on Friday for the quarterbacks and are running through Wednesday, which is a lot of new information to take in.

Heard said this experience is invaluable and the fans don't truly get to see what the players get out of being a part of such an event.

"It's more than they see. I really can't explain it, but they focus on becoming a better person first," he said. "That's the first thing -- that happened was we became a better person. So when they see us out here, they just see us ripping it and having a great time, but it's more than that."

He went as far as saying this experience will help him transition to the college level and is giving him a look at what he might have to expect at Texas. The drills, early mornings and long hours are similar to what he'll be put through in a spring or summer camp, but now he will know what to expect.

Tuesday was only the first day of 7-on-7 play, but Heard is excited for the final day on Wednesday to see if he can used what he has learned throughout the week and take home the championship.

"I think I did good today. We only used a couple plays and we're just going to perfect those because it's the first day," he said. "It played a part in going into tomorrow, but we just wanted to get into a rhythm and find out how we can really get it started."