That is how Nebraska Huskers running back recruit Braylon Heard felt this morning after he received a phone call.
The phone call came from Chris Amill, one of Heard's high school football coaches. It was to let Heard know that he accomplished what he has been trying to do for the last year—get a high enough ACT score to make it to Nebraska.
Braylon Heard is from Youngstown, Ohio, and a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, the same high school that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini graduated from.
When asked how he felt about playing for Bo, Heard says, "I think it'll be great playing for a guy who's from the same area and high school because he'll know what I'm capable of."
Heard had originally committed to West Virginia. What made him change his mind to Nebraska? He says that he had committed to WVU early without really visiting any schools.
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Coach Bo did have a little influence on his decision, but Heard says it was mainly when he made his visit to Lincoln that he made his final decision. He signed with Nebraska in February 2010.
"I loved the atmosphere, all the facilities, the people and the great tradition that the team has."
Unfortunately, there was an issue with his ACT score, and he was not academically eligible to come to Nebraska right away. He would need to retake the test, so Braylon studied all summer and fall and took the test again on Dec. 10.
On Dec. 27, it was reported that Heard had achieved the score that he needed and would be able to begin classes at Nebraska on Jan. 10. However, that was not the case. Although Heard did achieve a high enough overall score, he was just shy of the required 18 sub-score.
Thankfully, this morning it became official—Heard was qualified to come to Nebraska.
"If I didn't pass this test I probably would have given it another shot, then after that, chosen a junior college."
He will join the other two running backs in the 2011 class of recruits. They are Ameer Abdullah and Aaron Green. Heard says he'll just compete to make sure that he gets the playing time he deserves.
"I've always competed with guys throughout my career and nothing really changes." If necessary, he says he can play at the cornerback position.
Heard says his current weight is 193 and height is 5'10''. He has never been timed in the 40-yard dash.
He is going to begin classes in Lincoln this summer. The fact that he did not give up and did everything he could to make it to Nebraska is truly inspirational. It also definitely reflects on his character and work ethic, and Nebraska is going to be very lucky to have him.