Former No. 1 quarterback recruit Jake Heaps is transferring to Miami (©GettyImages)
Former No. 1 quarterback recruit Jake Heaps is transferring to Miami (©GettyImages).

Former top-ranked quarterback Jake Heaps is transferring again

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The number most associated with Jake Heaps used to be the number one, signifying his status as Rivals' top ranked quarterback in the college football class of 2010.

But now, that number has now become three - as in, the number of colleges Heaps has attended in the last four years.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound quarterback has decided to transfer from Kansas to Miami, according to the Hurricane's press website, after playing one year for the Jayhawks. Before that, he spent two years as a record-setting passer for Brigham Young University.

The move allows him to use his final year of eligibility playing for a Miami squad that, though sometimes underwhelming, is much more competitive nowadays than poor Kansas side he was previously at.

Unfortunately, the transfer also shows how underwhelming Heaps' career has been so far. Heaps became a fill-in starter his freshman year at BYU, and led the Cougars to a 6-4 record while manning the helm. He also set records - plenty of them - with school-setting marks in passing yards, touchdowns and wins for a freshman.

But Heaps was replaced as the starter by the end of his second season, prompting the transfer to Kansas. He had high hopes, pairing with one-time offensive innovator Charlie Weis for what should have been a match made in football heaven. 

However, the results on the field didn't match that grand vision. Heaps completed only 49 percent of his passes, for eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his only season as the starter, after sitting out a year before due to NCAA transfer rules. Now Heaps joins Miami, hoping to press reset on his up-and-down career.

It will be a short-lived relationship, due to him only having one year left of eligibility. But it could be an important matchup, with Miami trying to replace two-year starter Stephen Morris, who signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars following this year's draft.

While Heaps is likely to win the starting gig, it's not guaranteed. Memphis transfer Ryan Williams was expected to challenge for top of their depth chart, but he tore his ACL this spring, predicating Heaps' own transfer.

That injury typically takes at least 8-12 months to recover from, which would sideline Williams for the season. But the player's private expectations are to return to the field in September, which would give him plenty of time to earn his starting role back.

For now though, it looks like Heaps will get another chance to live up to the wild expectations which followed him after high school. Even if the first two tries failed, it very well could be that the third time is Heaps' charm.

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