Missouri football team lands commitment from junior college defensive lineman Eddie Heard Jr.

05/21/2014 5:23 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Missouri beefed up the depth on its defensive line Wednesday when junior college defensive end Eddie Heard Jr. committed to the Tigers.

Heard was listed as a freshman linebacker last season at Laney College, a two-year school in his native Oakland, Calif. He chose Missouri over offers California, Washington and Oregon among others, according to Rivals.com.

“I’m a Tiger,” he posted on his Twitter page Wednesday afternoon.

Heard is listed at 6 feet 4, 220 pounds on the Laney roster, but he reportedly has added 20 pounds during the offseason and projects as a defensive end at Missouri.

Heard, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, finished with 23 tackles, including seven for a loss with four sacks. He also defended three passes, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles last season.

He joins a position group that lost two defensive ends, Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, to the NFL, but returns two more studs in senior Markus Golden (6-3, 260) and junior Shane Ray (6-3, 245), a Bishop Miege graduate.

The backup defensive ends during the spring were a pair of redshirt freshmen, Lincoln Prep graduate Charles Harris (6-3, 235) and Marcus Loud (6-4, 270).

Heard is expected to join the Tigers in early June to begin offseason workouts.

Check out highlights from Heard's freshman season at Laney below:

 

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