The former five-star recruit from Monroe appeared in 12 games as a true freshman this season, starting one of them at right tackle. Though he appeared poised to compete for a starting role in 2024, he didn’t travel with the team to the ReliaQuest Bowl as coach Brian Kelly said he was evaluating his future with the program.
That process ultimately led him to enter the portal, where Tennessee quickly emerged as the favorite to land him. He’ll have three remaining years of eligibility with the Vols.
It’s a tough loss for the Tigers because you never want to lose a prized recruit, especially to an SEC rival, but they do return both starting tackles in 2024. With Will Campbell and Emery Jones coming back, the path to the field for Heard wasn’t exactly clear.
Now, he’ll look to compete for a starting job in Knoxville.
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