Heard waiting for Longhorns news, still committed

Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard (2) has been committed to Texas since his sophomore season, but Mack Brown's shaky future with the Longhorns could cloud his own. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Needless to say, this has been a pretty hectic week for the Texas Longhorns and their football coach Mack Brown, who is embattled in a he-said-she-said involving his current job status with the university.

It all started earlier this week when OrangeBloods.com’s Chip Brown, a known Texas insider, reported that Mack Brown would be stepping down from his post this week. That set off the rumor mill unlike many other stories could with wild speculation of who would be taking over. There’s the Nick Saban talk. Jim Harbaugh has been speculated. Mike Tomlin. Name the top coaches in the sport, and people have speculated they could end up in Austin by week’s end.

It’s for that reason that Guyer senior quarterback Jerrod Heard, who committed to Brown and the Longhorns following his sophomore season, is still pretty confident in his stance that he’s bleeding burnt orange.

Even if the guy who recruited Heard, and wanted him to enroll early (he’s not) this spring isn’t going to be in Austin, Heard is confident someone of big-time relevance will be.

“Of course, yeah,” Heard said when asked if he’d look at other options if Brown is indeed relieved of his coaching duties. “But also, at the same time, whoever they bring in —Texas doesn’t lack in bringing in big names. Whoever they bring in will be great, I’m sure. I just want to meet whoever it is and see how he feels and see how he runs offense, and then go from there.”

After seeing what Heard did in Monday night’s blowout victory over Birdville in the regional final, the defending Class 4A Division I state championship Offensive MVP is going to be one of the most watched kids in the Texas’ recruiting class if Brown does, in fact, leave.

But as of now, it sounds like he’s still leaning toward Austin, where he’s always said he always wanted to go to college. Stay tuned.

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