Position: Wide Receiver
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Dominique Ali Heath (b. Feb. 22, 1996) is a promising, fast young wide receiver who is likely to redshirt this year.
Heath played for Hopewell High School under head coach Matthew Jenkins. He was named all-county and all-area by The Charlotte Observer, while he was the conference's special teams player of the year.
Heath collected 830 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior through the air while rushing for 525 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned punts for an average of 20.5 yards on punt returns and 18.7 yards on kickoff returns.
After setting school records for the Titans for touchdowns, receiving yards and all-purpose yards, Heath was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Watch his high school highlights here.
Heath was just a two-star player with offers from smaller schools, but he did draw interest from several home-state schools in the ACC. They were scared off by his lack of size, however, he said in this GoPowercat.com story:
"I consider myself one of the best receivers in the state," said Heath, who collected 1,200 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns in his junior season alone. "But I was going to all the ACC camps, and all the coaches said they were scared of me because of my height and wouldn't offer."
You have to love a player with confidence like that. So does Andre Coleman, who has high expectations for Heath:
Heath, who says coaches plan to utilize his talents at slot receiver, running back, as well as a return specialist, sees himself mirroring Tavon Austin at the BCS level.
"That's who Coach Coleman says I can be like in this offense. I was a running back in high school first before they put me out at receiver, so I'm comfortable running the ball too. And I'm pretty fast like Austin. I ran a 4.36 this summer at the Shrine Bowl."
That said, it's probably time to tap the brakes on this hype-train. Given his size and inexperience, Heath is a near-lock to redshirt in 2014, unless he's as exceptional a player as Tyler Lockett was as a freshman.