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 Scout.com 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 247Sports.com composite rankings.