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.