Height: 5-9 | Weight: 166 | Number: #4 | Class 2019 (rSR) | Hometown: Huntersville, NC | High School: Hopewell | Birthdate: February 22, 1996 | Agent: Premier Athlete Advisors | Trainer: 615 Sports Training
OVERVIEW: An all-purpose performer, Heath projects as a slot wide out and has experience on all special team units, which is where he’ll need to earn his keep at the next level. A graduate transfer from Kansas State, he played his final year at Appalachian State to be closer to home. If his timed speed holds up, he’ll be a versatile UDFA player that NFL teams look to fill out the bottom of their roster with.
PROS: A versatile weapon out of the slot, Heath is capable of breaking off a big play at any given moment due to his acceleration and speed. He has gained valuable experience playing in various offensive schemes at Kansas State and Appalachian State. Heath is effective on reverses and jet sweeps, in addition to special teams as a return man. He averaged 13 yards per punt return over the past two seasons (10.3 for career), including one touchdown return for touchdown. He had an additional 10 kick returns for his career (16.2 average) and has also played on coverage units.
CONS: Undersized stature will be biggest knock. Runs a nice slant pattern and flashes the ability to get behind the defense but would like to see him expand his route tree and tighten up his breaks. While he possesses quick acceleration and fast straight-line speed, he’s a little bit stiff-hipped.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:“It’s the fresh start I felt like I needed. It’s been great, I can’t complain, I love it. I feel like I made a good decision.” — Dominique Heath on his transfer to Appalachian State
COMPARISON: JoJo Natson, Los Angeles Rams – Undersized wide out who has provided a spark in the return game with his ability to flip the field position.
PERSONAL: Full name is Dominique Ali Heath, son of Robert and Jewell Heath. His brother, Denzel, played football at Hampton.
CAREER: Finished his career with 118 catches, close to 2000 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. Recorded 23 receptions for 304 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 13 games during his lone season with the Mountaineers in 2018. In 2017, he totaled 22 receptions for 196 yards and one touchdown, with six punt returns for 78 yards, plus two kick returns for 51 yards in 12 games. Played in all 13 games, leading the team with 45 catches for 438 yards, including a team-leading 12 catches that went for third-down conversions and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. In 2015, he played in every game with four starts at wide receiver while also serving as the primary punt returner. He finished second on the team in catches (28) and touchdowns (three) and was third in yards (313), while returning 21 punts for a 7.2-yard average, which ranked second in the Big 12. Redshirted in 2014.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Hopewell under head coach Matthew Jenkins. Named all-county and all-area by the Charlotte Observer, and he was the conference’s special teams player of the year. Had 830 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a senior while rushing for 525 yards and five touchdowns, while averaging 20.5 yards on punt returns and 18.7 yards on kickoff returns.