New Position, New Focus For Heard

The Laney (Calif.) College defensive end, Eddie Heard, gave up baseball and quarterback but not his future, with schools all over him as a defensive lineman...

Laney (Calif.) College defensive end Eddie Heard (6-4, 240), thought his high school career would lead him down one of two paths: quarterback or baseball player.

Signing with Arkansas-Pine Bluff out of Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds to play quarterback, it was the itch to play baseball that kept Heard in the Bay Area.

"I signed to play quarterback at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. My decision to not go to Pine Bluff was because I played two sports. There was some speculation that I could get drafted for baseball so I decided to stay here and play baseball. I originally went to Laney to play baseball," said Heard. "But I ended up playing football again."

Heard played baseball last spring at Laney, but as he grew, his love for football returned.

Only problem was he outgrew the quarterback position.

"I started playing defensive end and more of a hybrid role," said Heard. "I thought I could play at a higher level, but didn't think it would be at defensive end. It's crazy."

Heard has offers from Fresno State, the first school to offer him, California, Washington State and Missouri. He'll visit Missouri and Washington State this month.

"I'm going out to Missouri this weekend for an official visit and then to Washington State for an official visit the weekend of the 23rd," said Heard.

A full qualifier out of high school, Heard could leave whenever he's ready without needing his AA.

"I can go whenever," said Heard. "Every school that's offered so far wants me to come in this summer. But it's got to be the right fit for me. I'm willing to come back to Laney and play this season if I don't find the right fit. If I need to come back, I'll come back."

Oregon, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Miami have all stopped by as well as USC.

"I spoke with USC and Coach (Keith) Heyward and he said they liked me but their scholarship situation is tied up for this year so it might not be until next year," said Heard. "My coach said that UCLA is coming by soon, maybe this week.  Oregon State and Utah State are supposed to come by too. Whatever else my coach has planned I'm sure will come too."

Heard said after he visits Missouri and Washington State, he'll have a better idea of what his immediate plans are.

"I'll know more after my visits to Missouri and Washington State what I plan to do, if I want to sign now and leave or maybe come back," said Heard.

The hometown Bears have offered and want Heard badly. And he's open to staying close to home.

"I just want to be comfortable, and if that's going somewhere else or staying close to home, I just want to play D-I football," said Heard. "But Cal is really nice being close to home."

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