May 11, 2012

2014 Texas QB Heard reels in first offer from Nebraska

Nebraska offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck has been a busy man this spring. The Huskers have missed out on some early quarterback prospect thus far and Beck has been actively evaluating new offer candidates for this year's recruiting class.

However, one of his most recent stops has resulted in an offer to a rising junior Jerrod Heard from Denton (Texas) Guyer.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound dual threat quarterback impressed Beck enough that he informed Wildcats head coach John Walsh and offensive coordinator Lee Vallejo yesterday that NU was officially offering Heard a scholarship. In doing so, Nebraska became the first school to offer on the best quarterback prospects in the state of Texas for the class of 2014.

"Yes sir, Nebraska offered me, they are my first and only offer so far," Heard said. "I found out from my head coach that Nebraska came down to look at me and he had told me once that he was going to offer. Coach Walsh of course told me that they did offer me and I was so excited to hear that.

After hearing the news, Heard phoned the Nebraska offensive coordinator to get acquainted.

"I was able to talk to him on the phone for a little bit," Heard said. "I just told him how I was doing and he was just checking in with me. He told me himself that he offered me as well.

"I've been researching Nebraska more, especially since they offered. I like that they are a big powerhouse and they are in the Big Ten. Our offense is kind of similar to Nebraska's and (Beck) said that he liked how I ran and controlled the offense. He said that I did a good job that day when he came and saw me. After he evaluated me they decided to offer."

Heard has carried the momentum of a solid sophomore campaign for the Guyer Wildcats into the spring. Last season he passed for 2,286 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for 650 yards and five scores. He was also widely considered the top underclassman performer at the recent Elite 11 camp in Dallas.

While he obviously possesses the skills and traits coaches look for in a quarterback, heard said that he is using this spring and summer to continue to improve.

"I'm a great leader, especially now because we have a lot of younger guys, a lot of freshman coming up," Heard said. "I'm just trying to help everyone out and get better because it's spring ball.

"My strength is being a dual threat quarterback, being able to run and throw not just one or the other. I'm working on my footwork right now, just trying to keep my feet under me and improving my quickness."

Although Nebraska may be the first school to offer Heard they are not the only program that has been in contact with him. He has been able to visit Texas already and plans to make more trips to the schools he has interest in soon.

"Texas has shown some interest in me and I went to their spring game," Heard said. "I've got letters from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas State, OU, and I think Ohio State has been talking to Coach Walsh about me. Nebraska and those schools are the ones that I'm interested in right now.

"I've talked to my coaches and my family, we'd like to try and get up to Nebraska and visit, especially since they were my first offer. The first one is always special."

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