Per ESPN’s Joe Schad, Heard will transfer to Kentucky and play under new Wildcats coach Mark Stoops. The coach and player also have another connection: both went to Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, OH.
“I feel it is the right spot because I feel like I fit in well at the university,” Heard told ESPN. ”Kentucky will set up the run really well. They have good players on the outside, three good QB’s, a great line and backs. And yes, can’t beat being in the SEC.”
Heard will have to sit out this season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014. A former four-star recruit, Heard finished fourth on the team and third among running backs last season with 348 yards and three touchdowns. Heard also worked briefly as a corner this past year before switching back to running back.