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Thursday, December 22, 2011
KU adds two blue-chip QBs in one day

By David Ubben

Kansas already got former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist to commit to playing for the Jayhawks on Thursday.

Now, they've added former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps.

Crist will be eligible for the 2012 season, but Heaps will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the NCAA-required season in 2012.

Crist is eligible because he completed his undergraduate requirements, and will now have to enroll in a graduate program not offered at Notre Dame.

From the AP report:
Heaps graduated early so that he could enroll at BYU, and started the final 10 games his first season, setting freshman school records for yards passing (2,316), attempts (383), completions (219), touchdown passes (15). The Cougars finished 7-6 and beat UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.

He struggled early this season, though, and lost the starting job to Riley Nelson. Heaps asked BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall to be released from his scholarship earlier this month.

Needless to say, huge pickups for the Jayhawks. Doubt Charlie Weis if you must, but it's a huge pickup. Presumably, Kansas is set for the next three seasons at the game's most important position.

There are plenty of variables to be settled between now and then, but talent is no longer the issue. For Kansas, it has been since Todd Reesing left.

Heaps came to BYU as the nation's No. 7 quarterback and No. 24 overall prospect.