I'm not sure why this is in the paper. I don't wish Jake ill, but
I'm also long ago over hearing about him. BYU coaching staffs
and the front office hopefully learned lessons from jake's stay in Provo,
and will not have to re-learn them in the future: Let the princes of the sport
go to other teams who care about stars above all else, and we'll take the
kids who want to be here, know how to work, and buy into what BYU stands for,
and everyone will end up happier in the end.
I called the Jake Hypes debacle the day of his press conference in Salt Lake.Who in their right mind would sign a player that ushers himself into
collegiate football with pomp and circumstance.
Well, Scott, the answer to your question would be "a lot of perennial top
NCAA programs."I'm far from a Heaps apologist -- they may
well be extinct -- but he did not invent the concept of holding a press
conference to announce his college choice. I may be off by a few, but I think
he's number 3,488 to do so.When every credible source in the
world of college football scouting has you as a top-tier recruit, a lot of
people are going to be interested in your college choice. The announcement
wasn't a problem for me, and if his career were proceeding as predicted,
no-one would remember the "pomp and circumstance."
Like a lot of kids who do great in HS.. Heaps bought into the fairy tale and bit
on it. He was fed by his coaches, his classmates, and his father. He did have
a glorious HS experience but he has just not been able to advance to the next
level. Has he peaked in his abilities or is he too much of a prima donna to work
at being better?I for one, wish him well and would like to hear of
any progress in his career. I also think it was best for BYU when he decided to
Another softball question, Scott . . he was just a great HS quarterback whose
game didn't translate to NCAA D-1. He's not the first; he won't
be the last. It's a lesson fans never seem to learn . . overall average
"star" ratings may mean something to a program, but an individual
player's rating is an unreliable predictor of success. FYI, not
that it matters to the discussion at hand, but five minutes online research
shows that Heaps turned down UW; they didn't "pull his offer." No
matter; even if you're right, he reportedly had over 25 D1 offers. BYU
didn't invent the Heaps Hype any more than he invented press conferences.
Utah would've offered him in a heartbeat if they thought they had a
chance.I'm not even sure what you think we're debating;
your reply seems to be refuting statements or claims I haven't made, or
facts not in dispute.
Jake Heaps isn't the first highly regarded high school quarterback to fall
far short of expectations at the next level.Jake's biggest
short-coming was lack of competitiveness. If Bronco could have merged Riley
Nelson's grit and determination with Jake Heap's arm, he would have
had a Heisman Trophy quality QB.One play in particular epitomized
Jake: early in the 2011 season Jake threw a pick at the goal line versus Ole
Miss. Instead of trying to tackle the interceptor, Jake just stood there and
watched the interceptor run past him for a 95-yard touchdown return.Riley Nelson would never have allowed that to happen without at least making a
concerted effort to stop the interceptor.I hope Jake eventually
develops some fire and has some success at Kansas, but, as a BYU fan, I've
long since moved on.
7 on 7...I've watched each of the Kansas FB games.Jake looks like a 7 on 7 phenom who never learned to translate that ability to
game day.Jake is not the first nor will he be the last HSQB to fool
Why do we even care about Kansas football?!?!?!?!