Class of 2011

Braylon Heard

HometownYoungstown, OH
High schoolCardinal Mooney

Ohio prep star Braylon Heard joined the Nebraska program after originally signing with the Huskers in February of 2010. The 5-11, 180-pound Heard was a standout performer at Cardinal Mooney High School. Heard rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2009, and he caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned kickoffs and punts for the Cardinals. His play helped Cardinal Mooney to a perfect 15-0 record and the Division III state championship. In the state title game against St. Francis DeSales, Heard rushed for 178 yards on 28 carries, including touchdown runs of 53 and 26 yards. He also had a touchdown pass and an interception. His play as a senior earned Heard first-team All-Ohio honors as a running back. During his junior season, Heard excelled on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 959 yards and eight touchdowns, while playing a big role in the secondary, grabbing a pair of interceptions. His defensive effort earned Heard Division IV All-Ohio honors as a cornerback. Heard was rated among the top five running backs in the country according to The service also ranked him among the top five players in Ohio and the top 60 overall recruits nationally. also ranked him among the top 35 running backs in the country. Heard was also part of a state champion 4x100 meter relay team at Mooney. Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini and offensive coordinator Tim Beck are all graduates of Cardinal Mooney, too. Heard chose Nebraska over offers from numerous schools, including Penn State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and West Virginia.


Photo Credit: The Vindicator/Robert K. Kosay

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