Heyward is calling Baton Rouge

The LSU coaching staff will have several blue-chip prospects on campus this weekend when Alabama comes to town and one of them will be 4-star defensive lineman Cameron Heyward of Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge.

The exact nature of Heyward's trip may be uncertain at the moment but the one thing he is sure of is that he will get to do something he has always wanted to do and that is to see a game in Tiger Stadium.


"I'm scheduled to come in for my official visit but I'm not sure about my parents' schedule so we may have to reschedule it," Cameron Heyward told Tiger Rag. "I want them to come with me and if they can't then we will go ahead and reschedule it. The latest I will know if they will be able to go is Thursday but if they can't then I'm going to ride down with T-Bob (Hebert)."


Through nine games this season, Heyward (6-6, 275, 4.9) has racked up 84 tackles and 10 sacks while splitting time at tackle and end.



LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto and headman Les Miles have been doubling up on recruiting the Peach State product and they spoke with him on Monday about how he can help the Tigers.


"Coach Peveto was saying that I could come in and make a big impact early," Heyward said. "I also talked to coach Miles and he was telling how I wouldn't red shirt and that I would come in and play right away. He talked mostly about playing defensive end but that I can also move inside on certain situations. He also talked about me playing some tight end in goal line situations."


Heyward said that he has kept a close eye on LSU since Miles offered way back in the spring and he has a good feel for the type of coach and person he would play for if he chose the Tigers.


"I watched a bunch of games and I really like how they play an upbeat defense," Heyward explained. "I like coach Miles a lot because not only is he a good coach but he is a great person. The two go hand in hand and is very important for me. He always gives his players a chance to play and you have to like that."


With more than 30 offers under his belt, Heyward has narrowed the focus to six and he has some visits set up.


"I'm taking a trip to USC when they play Notre Dame and to Ohio State when they play Michigan," he said. "Those are the ones I have so far and I'm considering Florida, Tennessee and Georgia for the other two."


Do one or two of his final six stand out?


"They are all about the same right now," he said.


Heyward is an excellent student as he reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 980 on the SAT.


If Miles can reel in the standout defender he will not only get a quality football player but also a young man with a ton of character.



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