Legacy (Tex.) tight end Kyirin Heath visited Oxford for an unofficial visit a few weeks ago to meet new tight ends coach John David Baker in person and to see the town of Oxford and campus for the first time. After that, he took an official visit to Marshall.
Well, the camp and visit to Ole Miss was enough for him to verbally commit to Lane Kiffin and the Rebels on Tuesday, announcing it via Twitter.
The Mansfield, Tex. native chose the Rebels over the Thundering Herd, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Liberty, Louisiana and San Diego State among others. Despite the offer sheet not being chock full of Power 5 programs, the film shows all you need to see. That and when he was in town for the camp, the staff offered him after seeing him in person run through drills and run routes from their offensive sets.
As a junior at Legacy High School, Heath hauled in 19 receptions for 229 yards and seven touchdowns.
How does he fit in?
As you can see from the stat line from the 2020 season, Heath makes you pay when he makes the play. 7-of-19 receptions went for scores a year ago and when he wasn’t making you pay and getting to the end zone, he was driving defensive ends and linebackers into the ground.
As a receiver, though, he looks more than comfortable in space, getting to the top of his routes, and utilizing his large frame to make defenders look small. At 6-foot-4, 234-pounds, he is a mismatch once he gets to the second and third levels and snatches the football out of the air. His catch radius is a weapon in the red zone and he is crafty at the line of scrimmage, creating separation with subtle moves and quickness.
Lane Kiffin and Jeff Lebby both love to expose weaknesses over the middle with the tight end and Heath is a perfect fit for just that.