Will He Take More Visits?

Last season, <b>Darrius Heyward-Bey</b> made 33 receptions for over 800 yards including 9 touchdowns for McDonogh, the home of former Nittany Lion T.C. Cosby. His rare combination of size and incredible speed has earned him double digit scholarship offers including one from PSU. Are the Nittany Lions among his favorites?

Name: Darrius Heyward-Bey
Position: WR
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195 pounds
40 Speed: 4.38 seconds (Virginia Nike Camp)
Hometown/School: Mc Donogh School, Owings Mills, MD


"It's Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Marshall, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan State, Virginia Tech," said Darrius listing the schools that have offered. "That's it I think." Boston College has also offered.

Heyward-Bey has been busy this summer visiting some of his favorites.

"I went to Alabama, I've been to Maryland, I went to Virginia, I went to North Carolina and I went to Duke."

He watched Maryland practice on Wednesday.

"Maryland is like 15 minutes away from my house, so I've been there a number of times. I've been there to take photos for a magazine, so I've been down there and seen the coaches a lot. I went down to Virginia twice and I've been to the others once."

Darrius does not have plans to make any more unofficial visits in the near future since his team starts practicing on Tuesday. Will he take official visits to some of the other schools in which he is interested?

"Earlier in the summer, I knew for sure that I was going to take all five officials, but now I'm not sure about that because I have games on Saturdays and that'll mess things up. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'll probably narrow it down to my top five schools that I like and probably just sit down with my mom and my coach and talk about whether I'm going to commit before the season, during the season or something like that."

Which of the schools he visited stand out?

"They all stand out. They all have their own little thing about them. Alabama, they have the great facility, probably the best one that I've seen out of all the schools, and then for example Duke, I don't like the way the school looks, it looks too old-fashioned for me. But, hey, the school I go to now looks old-fashioned though. So, schools have their ups and downs, but they all stand out to me. They offered me, so they stand out."

Darrius is still considering about 7 or 8 of the schools that have offered and prefers to keep his favorites list to himself for now.

"I want to surprise people at the end. I don't want anybody saying, ‘I knew that was going to happen', I want it to be shocking. It has to be like a movie where you don't know what's going to happen," he joked.

Of couse, Nittany Lion fans would like to know if Penn State is among the 7 or so teams that have offered that he is still considering.

"I can say that they're in the seven."

Assistant Coach Larry Johnson is recruiting Heyward-Bey for the Nittany Lions.

"They invited me up, but it's so tough. I had to work this summer and I was only able to go certain places. [Coach Johnson] has been sending me letters. I talked to Coach [Joe] Paterno and everything like that, so I'm pretty cool with them. I talked to him in early June. I called and they put him on the phone. He's a funny guy. First, the number one question I asked him was how long he was staying at Penn State. That's what everybody wants to know. He said he was going to stay there until he knows they're capable of winning the national championship, so I'm like, ‘Okay!', you know what I mean? He was just funny. He had a lot of funny things to say, so that was cool."

Darrius, who also mentioned his fondness for the tradition of Penn State, has never visited State College, PA. Does he think he will?

"If I can get a visit in before the summer that would be great, but looking at the chances, it probably won't happen. If I do decide to take official visits, I'll have to look at them [as a possible official]."

Another recent internet report named Maryland and Alabama as Darrius' two favorites. Is that the case?

"I don't know where you read that. I never said that to anybody. I can see how that happened though because usually when they ask me who offered, I list the schools in order by who offered me first, so I say Alabama, Maryland, Virginia and then I go from there on."

A decision from Darrius could come anytime from now until signing day.

"It could be before the season or during the season. I really doubt that it will happen after the season. I really have to talk to my coach. If we decide that we're going to take the five officials, then it's going to be after the season. I'm going to say, I know me personally, I'm going to say the five-official thing might not even work out. That's why I say it could happen during the season or before. But, knowing what I know of my coach, and my mom's going to say that they want me to take the officials, so that means after the season."

Heyward-Bey added that he has been doing his homework, which includes looking into the type of offenses that certain programs run. He, like most receivers, would like to be a featured part of the offense wherever he goes. Considering his outstanding physical talent, that would seem inevitable.

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