Jerrod Heard has established himself as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country over the course of more than a year, leading Guyer to a state title and earning all-state honors.
The “Golden Ticket” he received this weekend from organizers of the Elite 11 quarterback camps only further validates his status.
That ticket secured Heard a spot in the finals of the Elite 11 quarterback camp series that will be held from June 30 to July 3 on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore. This year’s finals will be held in conjunction with “The Opening,” a camp that will feature 150 of the top high school players in the country.
Heard secured his spot with a standout performance during his junior season and in the Elite 11 regional camp at the Cowboys’ Irving practice facility in April.
“Thank you,” Heard responded on his Twitter account after receiving the invite. “Truly honored.”
Heard was a perfect example of a dual-threat quarterback last season, rushing for 2,164 yards and 35 touchdowns and throwing for 2,115 yards and 18 touchdowns in 16 games.
“Jerrod has the big-time arm, is extremely accurate, and his athletic ability and running ability are second to none,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “His attitude and leadership traits are also off the charts.”
Heard committed to Texas in August before embarking on a magical junior season he capped by accounting for seven touchdowns to lead Guyer back from a 16-point deficit in a 48-37 win over Georgetown in the Class 4A Division I state title game.
Walsh said that participating in the Elite 11 finals would be another key step in Heard’s growth as a player, just as it was for his son, J.W. Walsh, who also participated in the finals before his senior season at Guyer 2010.
J.W. Walsh is now at Oklahoma State and was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year last season.
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer works at the camp and brings in several college quarterbacks to tutor campers. John Walsh said hearing former TCU and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton speak at the camp made an impact on his son.
“When J.W. went, it was extremely educational,” John Walsh said. “You definitely improve your skills. It wasn’t a vacation. When you put yourself among the elite, your confidence rises.”
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