Jake Heaps signs to play for BYU

December 22, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Jake Heaps, Skyline High School senior, inks the deal Dec. 16 and will begin practicing with Brigham Young University next month. by Christopher Huber

Jake Heaps, Skyline High School senior, inks the deal Dec. 16 and will begin practicing with Brigham Young University next month. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School senior quarterback Jake Heaps made it official, on paper, Dec. 16: He’s playing football next year for Brigham Young University.

Heaps formally set his college football career in motion at Skyline on the official signing day for early enrollees and junior-college transfers. He verbally committed to BYU in June.

“This is a dream come true,” he said at a small gathering of media, family, teammates and coaches. “It’s a pretty weird feeling right now.”

He finished his high school credits Dec. 18, allowing him to start workouts with the Cougars in mid-January in Provo, Utah.

During his three years of starting for the Spartans, Heaps amassed dozens of awards, elite distinctions and recognition for his skills as quarterback. Those include helping Skyline win three straight state football championships, earning the title of Gatorade Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons, and attending the Elite 11 quarterback camp last summer.

In those three years, he passed for nearly 10,000 yards and tossed 144 touchdown passes, according to athletic director Kevin Rohrich. In 2009, Heaps completed 213 of 352 passes for 3,191 yards, 45 touchdowns and threw just seven interceptions.

Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 quarterback recruit from the class of 2010.

Amid all the praise and accomplishments, Heaps was sure to credit his teammates, especially the offensive linemen, who protected him on the field and gave him time to complete all of those passes and touchdowns.

“There’s always a chance to win with him at quarterback,” senior lineman Jase Butorac said after the signing.

The two have played football together since the sixth grade, he said.

Heaps said he’s sad to leave his team and school, but he’s looking forward to the new challenges of playing college ball.

“It’s tough to leave my high school when my friends aren’t,” he said.

But he had some advice for incoming quarterback Max Browne: “You have to work your butt off. Take the extra time to be the best.”

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