National Top 50 JUCO player picks Mizzou, will be on campus in 2 weeks


Rarely does recruiting produce this kind of speedy delivery.

Eddie Heard Jr. is a national top 50 prospect in the junior college ranks. Two weeks ago, he didn’t have a scholarship offer from Missouri–or any SEC school for that matter. Now he’s on board with the Tigers and will be on campus in less than two weeks. Though he’s rated in the top 50 for the class of 2015, he will actually join the program as part of the 2014 class.

That’s right … you read it correctly: On May 7, he received his scholarship offer from Mizzou. By June 7th, he is expected to be living on campus and will be a part of offseason workouts.

So how does that happen? Well, Heard is a junior college defensive end from Laney College in California. He is able to leave the JUCO ranks after one year and will have three years of eligibility left, and instantly will step in to try to help fill the gap left by Kony Ealy and Michael Sam–who will be in the NFL this fall. Heard, who is from the Oakland area of California originally and chose the junior college path because he wanted to improve his recruiting stock (I.E. — not because of academic issues) chose Mizzou over offers from Cal, Washington and Oregon. “I’m a Tiger,” he posted on his Twitter page Wednesday afternoon.

“I like Missouri,” Heard told in a recent interview. “I’ve been watching guys go in the draft from Missouri … the two defensive ends they had last year. And, they play in the SEC.”

Heard (6-4/220) will do battle with senior Markus Golden and junior Shane Ray for playing time, as well as redshirt freshmen backups Charles Harris and Marcus Loud. Heard is rated the No. 38 junior college prospect in the nation in the 2015 class, and the No. 5 strongside defensive end.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings.



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  • 6’4″ and 220lbs but still rated the number 38 in the nation. Sounds like a perfect fit for Missouri’s schemes. If he will be an effective sophomore he is really the 25th member of that small but significant class. He joins defender classmates like Biesel that are not big monsters but classic ones, having that Wilson-Ealy-Sam like mentality. Will this system learn to make big holders obsolete or will it just neutralize all but the favorite?

    • A Wolfman Rhetorical question. Love it.

      I will admit, this kid is rumored to have put on 20lbs more since the season, so he may be closer to 240 and you know what a DI plan over the summer will do to do the kid. Seems like a diamond in the rough to me. Hell, I’d never even heard of this JUCO before. Sort of hidden.

      • I keep thinking that Missouri will find a big mobile player that can play linebacker AND defensive end. This recruit seems like he is ready to make big plays right away. The mass issue is an important one, but is Steckel is working on a system where Augusta plays nose guard and stops the 2-hole left, middle and 2-hole right. 4-hole and 6 holes will be the job of a defensive tackle, then 2-3 of 5 linebackers (play call) will be committed to run stop and blitz assignments. It wasn’t ready for the Auburn game but I think it will be a viable scheme for most of 2014. California does have some obscure 2 year colleges.

      • Also I heard everyone talking about Harris at the spring game but Loud made a lot of noise early on, how are those two looking now?