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.
“I've been short my whole life, but I've played the position. I think I can play at the next level. I just want somebody to give me an opportunity.”
With a weighted GPA above 4.5 and a 29 ACT score, Hearon has been hearing from multiple Ivy League schools, along with some Divison I-AA and D-II programs. But it's a tricky situation trying to find a school that fits all of his football and academic needs.
He wants a good education, but he also wants to play somewhere that gives him the best chance to succeed on the field.
“I trust God that he'll put me in the place that I need to be,” Hearon said. “But it's tough to find a place with a spread offense that's a good school and has the other things I'm looking for. There are schools out there, but I don't know which school that is for me right now.
“I'm looking around and waiting to see what falls into place.”