TULSA — When Metro Christian football coach Jare McCoy starts his sales pitch to college coaches regarding quarterback Andrew Hearon, it always begins with the same attribute.
“Andrew's just a winner,” McCoy said. “He's a winner on and off the field. He's been a joy to coach.
“For a 5-10, 175-pound kid, he plays tough. He fought and clawed and scratched. We won a lot of games because of his competitiveness.”
Hearon earned his spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team after completing 241 of 365 passes (66.0 percent) for 3,719 yards with 42 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
His accuracy and good decision-making have set him apart as a quarterback, but because he doesn't have the prototypical 6-foot-3 body, Hearon doesn't get the college attention he otherwise would have.
“He's an amazing talent, and he's got a lot packaged in a small body. I'm sure his height and the body God gave him has limited his prospects,” McCoy said. “He's a low-risk kid. He wants a shot and he's willing to work hard and earn it. He's going to make somebody a great quarterback and a great team leader.”
Hearon has spent much of his career trying to prove himself, and he will probably face the same situation in college.
“There are quarterbacks that I watch and I think that I'm better than, but they're going to really good Division I schools,” Hearon said. “It's kind of a chip on my shoulder. I've played with that my whole high school career, and it has really driven me to work harder and try to prove people wrong.