Commitment analysis: Four-star OT Zalance heard of LSU
Monroe (La.) Neville handles four-star attack Zalance heard stop his recruitment on Thursday afternoon and commit LSU overcome opponents like Nebraska, Florida, State of Florida and Houston.
Heard that feeling love from LSU early and often Brian KellyTheir new employee, especially after receiving an offer from the Tigers in March. Attack Line Coach Brad Davis and hiring manager Jon Randall Belton has built a strong relationship with Heard since then, leading up to his commitment on Thursday.
“JR and I are really close because of where we’re from and he understands I’m from the same area,” Heard told TigerDetails.com’s Julie Boudwin. “We’ve built a good relationship and we’re very close. We can talk almost every day. It’s exactly like a relationship (brother-brother relationship). Me and Coach Davis also talks a lot. He’s a pretty cool guy and I have a great relationship with him too.”
Before his youth season, Heard switched from defending the ball to handling attack, and the fitness needed to play as a fast runner certainly translated to the other side of the front line for Heard as he use agile and physical feet to effectively block the edge.
His long wingspan (over 7 meters long) coupled with strong arms make Heard extremely difficult to counter as his initial punch fits the mold of a Power Five offensive athlete.
While Heard needs a bit of improvement in his technique, his ceiling is considered an NFL Draft high pick with the potential to be an all-American player for LSU.
Standing 6 feet-6 and weighing 300 pounds, Heard is ranked as the No. 107 prospect in the country for 2023, according to Rivals. He is the 6th ranked prospect from Louisiana and the 9th offensive player in the country.