Although he did not participate in the workouts at Sunday's camp, Cardinal Mooney's Braylon Heard traveled to WVU's campus on "Gold Rush" day for his first in-person look at the Mountaineer football program.
"I already have a lot of offers, so I didn't work out," said Heard, who has scholarship tenders from schools such as Nebraska, Penn State, Pitt, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Indiana and Maryland. "I talked to the running backs coach – Coach Beatty – and got to see the facilities there, like the workout facilities. The visit gave me some more information about West Virginia."
"Coach Beatty talked with me about what I am looking for in a school, and about my decision process," Heard continued. "We got along really well. It was my first time talking to him, and it was a good meeting."
West Virginia remains the school in the most frequent contact with Heard, who is a prospect as both a running back and a corner back. WVU is recruiting him as a running back, one of the few to have made that call, but he is not set on a position in college.
"It doesn't matter what position I play," he noted. "I will play on either side."
The WVU trip was something of a rare one for Heard, who has been concentrating on his high school athletic career (track in the spring, and now football workouts for his upcoming senior season). Although he did not rule out an additional trip during the summer, he currently does not have any more scheduled.
"I haven't really narrowed anything down yet. I'm still open to anyone, and I will probably wait until after the season to schedule official visits and make my decision."
After recording more than 900 yards rushing and nine scores on offense, and backing that up with a pair of interceptions on defense, Heard is looking forward to what should be a banner senior season.
"This year we have basically everyone coming back," he said of his Cardinal Mooney squad. "We should do very well. Last year we were 9-3, and this year I think we have a good chance of winning a state championship."
Heard began summer workouts with his Cardinal Mooney squad last week – another reason that it might be tough to squeeze in additional camp visits this summer.
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With a smallish stature (5-9, 170 lbs.), Heard relies on speed and elusiveness to make plays on offense and stick with receivers on defense.
"I make a lot of moves, and I don't take a lot of big hits," he said.