It's almost become the Washington state curse – a consensus No. 1 national football recruit crossing state lines.
That will happen today as Skyline High's Jake Heaps, the quarterback with 26 NCAA Division I scholarship offers before his senior season, announces he will play at Brigham Young University, multiple sources confirmed.
The site and time of his announcement has yet to be determined, but the Provo Daily Herald has confirmed that Heaps is already in town, and will be one of the 100 or so prospects participating in BYU's Junior Day starting Friday.
BYU had always been considered one of the favorites on his short list, which included Tennessee and Washington. In fact, it was thought that the Huskies, under new coach Steve Sarkisian – a former BYU quarterback himself – had made up ground in the recruiting race for the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, who had informally visited a UW spring workout and scrimmage.
Heaps, who is LDS, has said on previous occasions that he would leave on a church mission early on in his tenure, regardless of what school he chose.
The state's reigning Gatorade player of the year finished with 2,888 yards and 38 touchdowns while leading the Spartans to the second of back-to-back state championships, including the Class 4A crown last December over Issaquah.
The last time an in-state prospect was widely considered the No. 1 recruit in the country was Timberline High running back Jonathan Stewart in 2005. He chose Oregon over Washington State.