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Originally published December 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM | Page modified December 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU to Kansas

Jake Heaps, former Skyline High School and Brigham Young quarterback, announced Thursday he is transferring to Kansas.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Jake Heaps, former Skyline High School and Brigham Young quarterback, announced Thursday he is transferring to Kansas.

The sophomore, who asked BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall to be released from his scholarship Dec. 5, took a visit to Lawrence, Kan., last weekend and decided to continue his career with the Jayhawks and new coach Charlie Weis.

Heaps, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, will sit out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules and will then have two years of eligibility left.

He is the second quarterback to announce his intent to transfer to Kansas. Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist announced his decision on Twitter earlier on Thursday.

"After a long & difficult decision-making process, I'm incredibly excited to join the Kansas football team. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!" Crist said through the social media site.

Crist, who spent four years at Notre Dame, will be able to play next season because he has graduated from the university before his eligibility expired.

After leading Skyline of Sammamish to three state championships and compiling a 40-2 record as a high-school quarterback, Heaps was rated by many as the top quarterback prospect in the nation. He graduated early so he could play spring football, and started the final 10 games as a freshman at BYU and the first five in 2011.

In 2010, Heaps took over as the starter after Riley Nelson suffered a shoulder injury. The Cougars won four of their final five regular-season games and the New Mexico Bowl. Heaps was the MVP of the bowl game.

He set BYU freshman records for passing yards (2,316), attempts (383), completions (219), passing touchdowns (15), wins (six), games started (10) and games played (13).

He was the Cougars' starter to open the 2011 season, throwing for 1,452 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games. However, he struggled early in the year and lost his starting job after Nelson led a late comeback against Utah State.

Mason Kelley: 206-464-8277 or mkelley@seattletimes.com

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