Heyman, the 6-4, 225 pound brother of starting Louisville defensive tackle Earl Heyman, essentially has his list narrowed down to two programs – Louisville and Kentucky. Heyman, a three-star prospect and Scout.com's No. 35 ranked defensive end prospect nationally, also lists Cincinnati, Tennessee and Indiana, but those three program appear to have considerable ground to make up on the Cardinals and Cats.
"I'll probably make my commitment after the U of L/UK game," Heyman said of the Sept. 15 clash between Louisville and Kentucky. "At this point, it's more of an in state battle than anything. Louisville and Kentucky are definitely No. 1 and 2 on my list."
While Louisville and Kentucky top Heyman's list, the Wildcats appear at a distinct disadvantage in the race to lock up his services.
"Louisville is my leader at this point," Heyman said. "Nothing is insurmountable as long as I don't say where I want to be. As long as I don't say I want to be at Louisville, nothing is set in stone at this point until I make my commitment. When I make my commitment and volunteer my services that's where I'm going to be and I won't take anything back."
So when can Louisville and Kentucky fans expect a decision from the 6-foot-4, 225 pound Heyman, who will attend the Cardinals season-opener Thursday night against Murray State? Could Heyman commit to Louisville after that game?
"I don't know if I'm going to commit before tomorrow's game – I'm not sure it's going to be quite that soon," he said. "But I can definitely see myself in black and red. I'll probably make my decision before we play St. X. We play St. X the fourth week of the season, this is the second week."
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Here's what's likely to happen. Heyman might visit Cincinnati and Indiana in the next couple weeks. He'll likely attend the U of L/UK game in Lexington Sept. 15. After that game, Heyman will probably end his recruitment.
"I think I want to let things play out a little longer, but I'm going to commit sometime soon," Heyman said. "But I don't think I'll commit tomorrow. I'll probably go to Cincinnati and Indiana and down to UK, too. I really don't think I need to take any official visits before I make my decision because the four main schools that I'm considering are in arms reach. It doesn't take that long to drive to Cincinnati or Indiana or Lexington. I don't think I'd really need to take any official visits."
Are Heyman's two leaders pushing for a commitment?
"U of L definitely (is) and UK as well," Heyman said. "I'm letting things play out right now. I'm just trying to see exactly what I want and how the season-openers go and how teams matchup against one another. I'm really just trying to let things play out right now."
How will Heyman's family ties to Louisville affect his decision? What are the chances that he'll end his recruitment soon with a commitment to the Cardinals?
"There's a definite chance," Heyman said. "I'm really looking for a reason to not want to go somewhere rather than looking for a reason to go somewhere. I'm ruling out schools right now, let's put it that way. I could definitely end up committing to Louisville in the near future, but I'm not sure when I'm going to make my commitment."
Heyman certainly has a strong familiarity with the U of L football program, primarily because of his brother.
"I'm around the Louisville locker room all the time, so I guess just being around the players and the camaraderie and the chemistry that I can feel with them and the coaches as well (has an impact)," Heyman said.
Here's how the Louisville coaches envision Heyman:
"He says (Louisville assistant coach Greg Nord) that I can play just about anywhere on defense," Heyman said. "Coach (Reggie) Johnson always says when I come over to U of L, ‘there's my next Mike (linebacker).' Right now, I think they're saying more strong side linebacker and as I get older and progress and mature then I'll probably end up putting my hand down and being a force off the edge."
As for Kentucky, Heyman had this to say about the Cardinals rivals:
"I like where their program is headed and the competition that they play," Heyman said. "They have some of the nicest facilities around and they have a lot of programs that U of L doesn't offer. So given all of that I'm not really sure where I want to be at this point. I mean, I'm pretty sure, but I need to be 100 percent before I make my commitment."
And what would his big brother have to say if he picked the Wildcats over the Cardinals?
"He wouldn't say nothing," said Heyman with a laugh. "A rivalry is always going to be a rivalry but a brother should last for a lifetime. He'll mess with me if that would happen but I don't think it would be that big of a deal."
Is there anything Kentucky offers that Louisville doesn't?
"Definitely, it's a place away from home," Heyman said. "I feel like as a college freshman you need your own space. I really feel that Kentucky is a different scene. I think Kentucky would be a different way of life and a different style of life. I've been down there a few times and get a different feel there."