OL/DL Close to UM Commitment?

At 6-foot-6 and 338 pounds, Wharton, Texas standout offensive/defensive tackle Kellen Heard is one of the biggest prospects in the state of Texas. He's also one of the best.

Heard, who finished his junior season with 102 tackles and 15 quarterback sacks, is busy preparing for what he hopes will be another excellent season.

"We're doing the summer conditioning stuff now," Heard said. "I'm trying to get ready. This is it. We have a real strong defense coming back and I want to be the leader. I'm also going to be the best defensive lineman in the state of Texas."

Heard, a full academic qualifier with a 17 ACT score that also plays basketball, said he prefers defense.

"I play both ways and I'm being recruited for both sides but I'd rather play defense," he said. "That's what I like the best. I love to hit and chase people. It's fun."

The standout lineman has drawn the attention of college coaches from across the country this spring.

"Everyone was calling me last month," he said. "There were so many that I lost track of them. Schools from all over. But I pretty much have it narrowed down to two of them -- Miami and LSU."

Heard comes from a state that sees most of its top players stay in-state. Heard said that won't be the case.

"I'm not staying," he said. "I already know that. I'm either going to LSU or Miami."

The talented lineman talked to Coach Chudzinski last month and also saw him at school.

"I talk to Coach Chud all the time," he said. "He's their offensive coordinator but he recruits this area of the country. He's real cool, I like him. He said how much Miami likes me. He said Coach Coker really liked me and they offered me a scholarship. I was so happy because they're my top school."

Heard said there's a lot to like about the Hurricanes right now.

"They're the best football program in the country," he said. "But it's not really that. I'm in this to get to the League and Miami's going to make sure I get there more than anyone else. Defensive linemen that go to Miami end up playing where I want to play someday. That's what it's all about. They put people in the pros and that's where I'll be someday."

Heard said he has plans of getting there pretty quickly too.

"I'm on the two-year plan," he said. "I'll do whatever my first year but then I'll dominate for two years then leave."

So how close are the Tigers and the Hurricanes right now at this point in the recruiting process?

"It's a little close but not much," he said. "Miami's where I want to be. They've offered me and I want to make a commitment real soon. It might be real soon. LSU's still in it too but I'm getting close to committing to Miami."

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