Kentucky is close to acquiring another 4 star talent from Ohio. Cardinal Mooney High School as a matter of fact. CMHS is the alma mater of both Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow. The Cats also got a commitment from 4 star safety Marcus McWilson in February. McWilson’s brother Donovan plays there we are as well. But that isn’t who we are talking about here.
Running back Braylon Heard was a 4 star back who was one of the Top 10 in the nation when he signed with Nebraska out of high school. After seeing his role on offense reduced by the Husker staff, Heard decided to transfer this off-season. Considering that the Cats had just flipped McWilson and likely could have had former Husker verbal Antoine Miles if they wanted him, the rumor mill was immediately abuzz with Heard-to-Kentucky talk. Obviously the Cardinal Mooney connection and the fact that Marrow coached at Nebraska last season couldn’t hurt the chances either. Then some reports surfaced that the Husker coaching staff would release Heard from his scholarship, but would try to block a transfer to Lexington.
Well, Heard has now been granted an unconditional release and the Wildcats are the favorites for his services. Braylon will be visiting Lexington soon, as well as Pitt, West Virginia and possibly Louisville, before deciding. Again, all signs point toward Kentucky. Heard would have to sit out a year as a transfer student but he has a redshirt season available. If Heard chooses Kentucky he would be eligible to play in 2014 as a redshirt junior. It will be interesting to see how this situation impacts running backs recruited for the 2014 class. I would expect big backs, such as Ohioan Mikel Horton to still be sought after because they offer a different skill set than Heard does. Stay tuned folks.