Oklahoma junior quarterback transfers to join Oilers


PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers have an experienced quarterback returning for his senior season in All-District first-team Austin Landry, but things got interesting when junior quarterback J.D. Hard moved to Pearland with his family from Jones High School in Oklahoma.

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 170-pound Hard comes to Oiler Nation with a wealth of experience and success and expects to compete with Landry for the position.

"Texas has always been home," Head said to VYPE Magazine. "I was born in the Woodlands and have family there. I love it here! Texas football is a whole other level! I'm excited for the challenge that awaits!"

As a sophomore last season, Head guided Jones High School to the Final Four of the 3A playoffs in Oklahoma. Head passed for 3,085 yards, 44 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Head completed 69 percent (225-of-326) of his passes in 2017.

At one point last season, Head went eight-straight games without throwing an interception and in the mean time tossing for 26 touchdowns.

While seeing limited action his freshman year, Jones went undefeated at 15-0 to capture the 3A State Championship in 2016.

Head, a two-sport standout, was also a part of the Jones High School baseball team that captured the 3A State Championship this past spring giving the Oilers another baseball player that will add to their roster in the spring of next year.

According to VYPE Magazine, Head will join a growing 2020 class of top-level quarterbacks that could be coming out of Houston. Malik Hornsby (Houston Austin), Chandler Galban (Tomball Memorial) and Hunter Dunn (Tomball) who are also rising 2020 prospects at quarterback in the Houston area.

For Head, this summer he has traveled to Duke, Wake Forest, Indiana, Georgia, Colorado and recently visited Oklahoma State.

When asked what made Pearland the place?

"Well, it was close to my dad's new job and I really liked what they are building!," Head said. "It's super special! The culture there is win and that's what we expect to do."

While Head is ready to compete for the quarterback position, the challenge will be against 6A talent compared to 3A schools in Oklahoma and there will be a big difference. But it is good to have competition at all positions which makes players work hard and step up to ultimately make the team better.

Head was selected as an All-State honorable-mention quarterback last season by The Daily Oklahoman as a sophomore.