Heard getting early interest from Dawgs

One of the top football prospects in the state of Washington heading into the 2008 season is Edmonds-Woodway RB/LB Tony Heard. He had an outstanding junior year and he's already started hearing from the local school as well as a school from one state to the south. He spoke with Dawgman.com recently about his style of play and what position he'll play in college.

As a junior in 2007, Heard posted 2,280 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns on offense while wracking up 78 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles from his middle linebacker position.

With Heard's size (5-11, 225) he looks like he could be a promising fullback at the next level, but with his quickness he feels linebacker is where he'll end up.

"Both Washington and Oregon have told me they like me at either spot, but when they ask me where I want to play I always say linebacker," Heard told Dawgman.com recently. "I just feel like I can be more aggressive playing linebacker.

"I love attacking the offense and the line of scrimmage and I think I flow better and have a better feel for linebacker."

Other schools recruiting Heard besides the Huskies and the Ducks are Washington State, Boise State, Idaho, Oregon State, California and Arizona State, as well as some Big 12 and Mountain West schools.

"Washington and Oregon have been sending me the most stuff," Heard said. "I think I'm going to try and hit their camps this summer and maybe another one or two. A lot of it just depends on the timing and my schedule, but I'd like to go to some camps.

"I got invited to the Cal one day camp in June so I'm planning on going to that too. They have a good school and an attacking defense."

Heard was invited to Washington's Junior Day that was held last weekend, but due to a prior commitment he was unable to attend.

"I had a church thing on Sunday so I couldn't go," Heard said. "I heard they won though so that would have been fun to go watch and be around to meet some of the coaches and players."

Heard noted that he had been to several Husky football games over the past couple years and that the hometown Dawgs hold a special place in his heart.

"I like them a lot," Heard said. "It's close to home and I like the coaches a lot.

"I grew up watching them, so I like them a lot, but I'm pretty much open to anyone who wants to recruit me."

Heard also said he plans to visit the Huskies the next time they have an event at Montlake and hopes to make some spring practices as well.

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