Lately there has been chatter that Texas’ lone quarterback commitment for 2014, Denton Guyer’s Jerrod Heard, is considering looking at Texas A&M.
Last weekend, after a Guyer basketball playoff game, both Heard and his quarterbacks coach, Lee Vallejo, said Heard’s commitment is solid.
“I’m not looking around at all,” Heard said. “I’m perfectly happy with my commitment to Texas, and I’m not worried about anything else. I’m a Longhorn, and that won’t be changing.”
Vallejo, however, said the Aggies are definitely coming after the 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound quarterback, who is ranked as the state’s 12th overall prospect and its No. 1 quarterback on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 for 2014.
The Aggies have quarterbacks — Johnny Manziel will be a sophomore this fall, Jameill Showers (if he doesn’t transfer) would be a junior, and A&M signed two quarterbacks earlier this month. Matt Davis, who signed in 2012, redshirted last season.
“They really haven’t had any contact with (Heard) personally,” Vallejo explained. “They go through us, through the coaching staff. They’re constantly asking us about him and trying to get in on him.”
It’s not just Texas A&M trying to flip the nation’s 107th-rated overall prospect; a select few are also after Heard.
“There are about four schools that constantly try to get in with his recruitment,” Vallejo said. “Texas A&M is the main one, along with Baylor, Nebraska and Ohio State. All four of them are trying pretty hard to make a run at him.”
The good news is that Vallejo says there’s no need for Texas fans to worry at this point.
“I don’t see him de-committing from Texas,” Vallejo said. “He loves it there, and he believes it’s the right situation for him. Other schools will still try, but don’t expect him to take any visits or anything. He’s good with Texas.”
With the Longhorns’ two junior days now completed, it’s time to take stock of where they stand with the prospects they already have offered scholarships:
Out in front: Without question, Abilene defensive lineman Jake McMillon is a good bet to commit; the 6-3, 250-pounder probably would have committed Saturday had both his parents made the trip.
The Longhorns also are out in front for Terrell Cuney, Jasper’s four-star center (No. 34 on the Fab 55). Even though he might take a few more trips, Texas has little to worry about with him at this time, with a commitment expected before the spring evaluation period.
Fans also should feel good about Nederland three-star defensive tackle DeShawn Washington, who grew up a Texas fan. And Katy Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson (No. 46 on the Fab 55), who will visit Texas A&M this weekend, has publicly listed Texas as his leader.
In good standing: Keep an eye on Texas City four-star receiver Armanti Foreman, who has committed to Oklahoma. The thought of playing in the state reportedly appeals to his family. And Lewisville Hebron four-star safety Jamal Adams (No. 10) almost committed to Texas in August.
As long as LSU doesn’t enter the picture, Texas has a good chance at landing New Orleans St. Augustine’s four-star cornerback Jermaine Roberts. And Texas is in a favorable position with Coppell defensive end Solomon Thomas (No. 4) and Houston Lamar safety John Bonney (No. 20).
In the mix: Prospects who have no set list of favorites but are believed to have Texas at the top of their pecking order include Beaumont Ozen cornerback Tony Brown (No. 2), who is likely to choose between Texas and LSU; and Mount Pleasant receiver K.D. Cannon (No. 6) and Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback Nick Watkins (No. 5), both of whom are being recruited by Alabama and Michigan along with Texas.
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