Heyman opens recruitment back up

Three weeks ago, Dexter Heyman said he would likely make a decision after the Louisville-Kentucky game. At that time, Heyman, a sack artist from Male High, listed the Cardinals as his leader. Now, Heyman says he wants to open things back up and take some more time before making a decision.

Three weeks ago, Dexter Heyman said he would likely make a decision after the Louisville-Kentucky game. At that time, Heyman, a sack artist from Male High, listed the Cardinals as his leader. Now, Heyman says he wants to open things back up and take some more time before making a decision.

"I'll probably make my commitment after the U of L/UK game," Heyman told InsideTheVille.com last month. "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."

Now, Heyman says his original plan to make a decision this month has changed.

"That got set back," Heyman told InsideTheVille.com Wednesday night. "I've got a lot more things to consider now. The U of L-UK game and also the U of L-Syracuse game. And also the UK-Arkansas game. There's just a lot of things to consider now. I've got to look more in-depth.

"Basically I'm just opening myself up to a different realm of possibilities and just kind of putting myself out there a little more. I just want to snoop around and see what there is and see how I fit into what there is and I'll go from there."

Heyman says Louisville and Kentucky still remain at the top of his list. Will he open up his recruitment to include other schools or keep his focus on the commonwealth's top two powers?


Dexter Heyman wants to take
more time before making his decision.
"Yeah, quite possibly," Heyman said. "I wouldn't say Louisville and Kentucky aren't my top two because they are. That's a given. But other schools are going to have more of a shot now like Cincinnati. I've been in close touch with them. The other schools in general are going to have a better shot now with things unfolding the way they are."

Can Heyman still pinpoint a timeframe for a decision?

"Absolutely not," Heyman said. "I'm going to let most of the rest of the season play out and then I'll go from there. I'm going to take some more visits and see what I like and how I fit in at a lot of different places. And I'm going to go from there."

Heyman hasn't scheduled any official visits, though he's taken unofficial visits to both Louisville and Kentucky this season.

"I was going to go down to Kentucky for an official visit for the LSU game but I just figured that can wait because you really don't have to make an official visit for a 70 mile trip," Heyman said. "I'd rather take an official to somewhere like Michigan State. Those are the kind of places I'm looking at – places that are interested in me that would take more than a creek jump to get to."

Heyman made an unofficial visit to Louisville last Saturday for the Syracuse game. He got to speak with his recruiter, Greg Nord, and also had a chance to interact with several other prospects making visits to U of L last week.

"A lot of those guys were from Ohio and it was pretty interesting because three of the guys played for the team that had just beat Cincinnati St. X, which was the number one team in the nation, and I thought that was pretty tight," Heyman said. "I talked to them about that kind of stuff. I really did get to chat with those guys and I liked the guys."

And what about the time he spent talking with Nord?

"I walked out with Coach Nord and I take a little stroll with him before every game," Heyman said. "Coach Nord just tells me that this could all be mine one day. He really wants me to understand that U of L has a great knack for supporting Louisville players and that if I came there I could be sort of an icon or a poster boy. It was just really interesting the way he put it."

Does being a Louisville ‘icon' appeal to Heyman?

"In all honesty, I guess I would say yes and no," he said. "I would like to have an influence on the younger kids and help them go in the right direction, but as far as being on billboards I really don't need that much publicity. But it would be interesting if I did go there."

This Friday, Heyman and the Bulldogs play rival Ballard. Heyman is off to a great start this season and already has double-digit sacks, 14 in total.

"I get to match up on Mike Bush's little brother," Heyman said. "It should be a great game."


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