The Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to the talented sophomore from Peachtree Ridge High (Suwanee, GA) on Tuesday. It represented his initial opportunity.
"I had a lot of interest from a lot of big programs all over the country but it means a lot to me because they are the first to believe in me," Heyward said.
Heyward is the youngest son of the late Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, a former college and NFL running back . The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Connor is more agile than his famous father.
"I can play whatever. I'm very versatile," Connor said.
Iowa offered him a scholarship as an athlete, Heyward said. He played wide receiver and safety at Peachtree Ridge this season.
"Coach LeVar Woods came to school. He always comes to our school. He has come four times in the past year, twice in the last week. I called him (Tuesday) and he offered me," Heyward said. "He's a really good coach and I would love to play for him."
Heyward said he would be visiting Iowa "very soon." He's not in a rush to end his recruiting process, however.
"I'm going to take my time and when I think it's the right time for me and my family I'll commit," he said. "I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable."
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Heyward's older brother, Cameron, with a first-round pick in 2011 after his career at Ohio State. Their other brother, Corey, is the starting point guard on the Georgia Tech basketball team as a sophomore.