Coral Gables, FL, United States (4E Sports) – After starting for Kansas University in 2013, quarterback Jake Heaps confirmed that he will transfer to the Miami Hurricanes after his graduation later this month.
“I feel really good about heading into this next step in my career,” Heaps said. “I wanted to have a chance to play and I’m excited about having the opportunity to compete for the starting job at Miami.”
Heaps, who came to KU as a transfer from BYU in early 2012, sat out the 2012 season and started nine games last season before being replaced by freshman Montell Cozart for the final three games.
The former No. 1 ranked pro-style passer in his high school class is on track to graduate from KU later this month. Doing so will make him eligible to play at Miami immediately via the same senior transfer rule that brought Dayne Crist from Notre Dame to KU in 2012.
Heaps’ opportunity to lead the Jayhawks as a senior disappeared when KU coach Charlie Weis and new offensive coordinator John Reagan named Cozart the starter for 2014 following spring practices in April.
After that, Heaps entertained the idea of leaving Kansas and got in touch with the coaching staff at Miami early in the process.
“I was just trying to be meticulous with the process and trying to make sure I was making the right decision,” he said.
Heaps made an official visit to Miami about a month ago and decided this weekend to officially pursue the opportunity. He’ll compete for the starting job with a pair of true freshmen and a red-shirt freshman.
“We had to make the decision that was best for us and our future,” Heaps said. “Kansas fans have been so classy during this whole process and it’s been a tremendous experience being here. I’ll be pulling for these guys and I’ll be watching them closely. I really loved my time at KU and really had a good experience in Kansas.”