2008 Intro: Dexter Heyman

Another prospect showing interest at the recent Army National Junior Combine was Louisville (KY) Male DE Dexter Heyman. Despite his proximity to Louisville, the Scout.com top 100 junior indicated that his recruitment is open and Michigan is one of the schools he is considering.

How did your season go last year?

"I'm not really a stat guy, but I did earn third team all state and first team all district honors.  My team went 11-1, losing in the quarterfinals of the state championship by four points to the team that eventually won state."

What's Dexter Heyman's game like?

"I'm 6-3.5, 216 pounds and I think I'm really just a big guy that can move.  I use my hands really well and my reach really well.  I have seven-foot and ten inch wing span, so I have really long arms.  I move around, I have a nose for the ball, and I do a really good job of getting off of blocks."

What schools are you hearing from at this point?

"I'm hearing from basically everybody… Ohio State, USC, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan, but Louisville is the only school that offered me so far."

Have you camped any of those schools before?

"No, but I plan to this summer. Really basically just to Ohio State and Michigan.  Michigan…anybody that goes there and does really good gets a lot of pub anyway.  I figured I'd go up there and try to do my thing.  I'm kind of time struck.  I've got a whole lot of things to do with basketball AND football."

What's you familiarity with Michigan?

"I really haven't talked to any coaches from Michigan.  I've really only received letters from them so far."

When did you become interested in Michigan?

"I've always been interested in Michigan.  They have a top tier program and they always have great players and great coaches.  They have great athletes after the college life whether that be in athletics or doing something completely different.  So I think they do a really good job of preparing their athletes for the real world as well as for football success."

Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?

"Not really."

Does your proximity to Louisville put them in the lead for you?

"I wouldn’t say they have the lead.  They do get a lot more of attention than a lot of other schools because they are a lot more accessible.  It's a lot easier to get in touch with their coaches and take unofficial visits and things like that, but I wouldn't say that they have an edge."

Do you have a decision timetable in mind?

"I just want to make a decision when I'm ready.  I don't want to rush anything.  I just want to make a decision on where I want to go and where my gut takes me."

What are going to be the most significant factors in that choice?

"Definitely academics.  That's a really important thing.  I'd like have my education first of all.  Second of all, I'd have to like the environment.  I can't go to a small town college.  I have to have something to do. Then I'll look at the program and what direction it's headed in.  Take for instance Louisville… they came out of nowhere and now they are contending for a national title and should continue to do so for the next couple of years."

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