"I'm looking forward to it," said Heard. "It's not like there's any extra pressure. I'm just going to go out there and play."
Heard, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout, caught 15 passes last season and amazingly ran 12 of those catches in for touchdowns.
"He's our deep guy – our deep threat," said Jesse Solomon, Mays' head football coach. "If we can get the ball to him, he'll bring it down and he'll run it in."
Solomon describes Heard as a "prototype wide receiver," who just needs to work on the little things.
"We have got to work with him on blocking," said Solomon. "Once he gets that down, he'll be an excellent player."
Also this season, Heard expects to return punts for the first time in his high school career.
In mid-June, Heard shocked many when he clocked a 4.29-second 40-yard dash at a combine held at Georgia. He runs track for Mays, participating in the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, and 1600-meter relay.
Although he has only been offered a scholarship offer by Auburn, a trio of other schools are recruiting Heard very hard.
"I hear the most from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech," said Heard. "They all are talking like they're going to offer."
Heard, who has only visited in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, hasn't begun to schedule campus visits for the fall, but he's looking to attend games at Georgia Tech, Kentucky, and UNC.
Heading into the fall, Heard is favoring three schools.
"I like Kentucky, Florida, and UNC," said Heard. "Those three schools pass the ball."
Heard said he doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until after his season football season.