"I talked with Coach Beatty and Coach Mullen -- they were a big part of my decision to commit," Heard said after announcing his decision. "When I visited, I just fell in love with the place. I didn't feel a real rush to commit, but after thinking about it, I decided there wasn't any reason to wait. West Virginia was where I wanted to be."
Heard discussed his decision before making it public, and said that he received full support from those around him.
"My family was very happy, and my mom especially," he said. "West Virginia was where she wanted me to go. It's only a couple of hours away, so she will be able to make the games. My coaches were good with the decision too."
Heard's final decision came down to WVU and Penn State, but after his visit to the West Virginia campus, the Mountaineers held an edge that they never relinquished. Like most of West Virginia's recent commitments, Heard will get work at both running back and at slot receiver.
"The coaches told me I will be at running back, but that they want me to be able to move out to the slot when I'm needed. I have caught the ball some in high school – not a lot – but I do feel comfortable catching the ball. I think I will be able to make that adjustment."
Now that he has committed (he said he will not take an visits other than West Virginia this year), he hopes to give his undivided attention to his senior season.
"It does take some of the pressure off, and now I can work on helping my team get a state championship," he noted. "I want to work on my pass blocking too."