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

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

“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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