One of the top pro-style quarterbacks remaining in this year's recruiting class is Memphis (Tn.) Melrose standout Antonio Heffner. He's looking to stay somewhat close to home, and four schools stand out.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound passer is a 3-star prospect and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. But despite his speed and athletic ability, his greatest strength is his arm. As a senior he passed for nearly 1,300 yards and was responsible for 19 total touchdowns. Who are his leaders?
"At this point the schools I'm most interested in are Kentucky, Memphis, Louisville and South Carolina," he said. "None of those schools are too far from home and I like the coaching staffs at each place. They didn't all have great seasons offensively, but I think they all have people who know what they want to put into place."
Heffner has visits set up to three of those schools and recently returned from an official visit to Memphis. He'll visit Louisville on Jan. 9, South Carolina on Jan. 16 and Kentucky on Jan. 23. Can he pick one or two of those schools that stand above the rest?
"Memphis is an in-state school and I've had a chance to visit them already. Plus I like their offense and I think they have a coach that knows what it will take to win. My last visit is to Kentucky, so that might have some impact on me. They're an SEC team with good facilities, and I think I'm the type of quarterback they want for their new offense."
Heffner has offers from all four schools in addition to offers from schools like LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Arkansas and North Carolina. He plans on announcing his decision after his final visit to Kentucky.