But it was something that was weighing on his mind. And after thinking about it, Hearne made the call to offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and made it official.
"He was surprised, at first," Hearne said. "But then he was real excited."
Hearne hasn't been one of the more vocal recruits in the class, but he's always had the attention of the OU coaching staff. He was one of the first offers on the offensive line for the 2015 class and said he has been in constant communication with the staff for two years.
However, that first visit didn't happen until last weekend. Hearne didn't participate at OU's camp, but he did show up and interacted with the coaches and the players.
"It had that family environment," Hearne said. "I felt welcome. It was outstanding. I knew when I left that it could happen."
Hearne marks the third commit from the state of Texas in the last nine days for the Sooners and the seventh overall for the Class of 2015.
OU has the commitment of Allen (Texas) High offensive tackle Bobby Evans but Hearne marks the first offensive guard for the class. OU once had the commitment of Oklahoma City Casady Scout 300 prospect Josh Wariboko, but he decommitted in April.
Hearne said OU fans won't have to worry about that, saying he is done with his recruitment.
"It hasn't really hit me yet, but it feels great," Hearne said.
Hearne, a three-star prospect, is 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds.