Could Connor Heyward, a 3-star athlete at Peachtree Ridge, follow in his famous brother’s footsteps at Ohio State?
Heyward told the AJC on Thursday that he has yet receive an offer from Ohio State, but he is waiting on it. His older brother is Cameron Heyward, who starred for the Buckeyes before making it to the NFL.
“They’re national champs, that’s all you have to say,” Heyward said. “They have good academics, a good program. Urban Meyer is a great coach. Who wouldn’t want to play for him?”
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound athlete says his family is relatively close with Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who coached Heyward’s brother, Cameron, from 2007-10. Cameron started as a true freshman in 2007, when Ohio State competed in the BCS National Championship.
But Heyward is adamant that regardless if he receives an Ohio State offer or not, he wouldn’t instantly rule out other programs. It wouldn’t be until his senior season at Peachtree Ridge that he would even make that decision.
“I’ll wait for my senior year, maybe before my senior year, and if it’s the best fit for me and I’m the most comfortable and my family supports it, I’ll go there,” he said.
Heyward says that both Kentucky and Duke have been recruiting him heavily as of late, too, and he believes they’ll put the trigger on an offer soon.
The No. 46 athlete in the country recently visited Pittsburgh, his parents’ alma mater. Connor’s father, Craig, was an All-America fullback for Pittsburgh before entering the NFL. He was a first-round draft pick in 1988. Nicknamed “Ironhead”, Heyward rushed for over 4,000 yards and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1995.