Third Time the Charm for Heard

It is rare to see a football prospect attend the same event in back to back years an rarer still to see him three straight years. Hamilton High (MS) star Keshon Heard has attended the Southeast Select Combine in Tupelo, Mississippi three consecutive years earning a spot in the event's fastest man competition all three years. After finishing second twice before, Heard won the event on Saturday.

Some of the previous winners of the event have gone on to some big things including last year's Mr. Football Darrell Henderson of South Panola, D.K. Buford of Ole Miss and Justin Cox of Mississippi State who is now with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Heard will look to follow in their footsteps on the major college level, but the Hamilton standout holds the distinction of being the only three time participant in the Tupelo Combine's fastest man competition.

Coming up one spot short in each of the last two years appears to have made Saturday's win even more satisfying.

"I feel great to finally win after three years of coming," Heard said with a smile. "It's one of the main reasons I came back."

As a veteran of the event throughout his high school career, Heard has a rather unique perspective of the annual combine.

"It's a great opportunity," Heard said. "You get to meet a lot of new people and compete against some good players. It's another way to get more scouts to know about you too."

Heard ran routes as a receiver and worked some on the defensive side of the ball during the day's one-on-one drills.

"I thought we had some great competition, especially at DB," Heard said. "I really liked Jerrick Orr (Aberdeen). He really did a great job."

Mississippi State was the first school to offer Heard. While the Bulldogs appear to hold the lead, Dan Mullen and his staff still have some work to do as the summer camp sessions begin.

"Alabama came through this spring and I am going through their camp (Sunday)," Heard said. "Memphis and Ole Miss are also showing me more interest. I am going to Mississippi State on June 2nd, then Ole Miss on the 5th and Memphis on the 6th."

The June camps look to be an important part of the process for Heard he plans to announce his college decision prior to the 2015 football season.

"I am still planning to do something before the season," Heard said. "I like Alabama a lot, but I am still going with State right now."

Earlier this year, Heard finished second in the state track meet in both the 100 and 200 meter events. The talented athlete is hopeful that his last crack at the state championship apple will be as rewarding as his day in Tupelo was on Saturday.

"I want that state title bad," Heard said. "I am ready to go race again. I want to win so bad. I have to get that this year."

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