Blue-chip prospect visits Pittsburgh

Mention the name Craig "Ironhead" Heyward to a University of Pittsburgh fan and they instantly will conjure grandiose memories of the massive juggernaut of a running back that led the Panthers to a myriad of victories. It appears there is a possibility Panther fans could see the Heyward name on a blue and gold jersey once again.

"I'm flying into Pittsburgh on Thursday to watch spring practice," stated defensive tackle prospect Cameron Heyward (6-foot-7 inches, 277 pounds) from Whitefield Academy in Atlanta, GA. Heyward, son of for former Panther standout Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, is considered a "jumbo" athlete due to his superior mobility. He is capable of playing on either side of the line but he prefers defense in college.

"I currently have offers from Pitt, Auburn, Maryland and Ole Miss," said Heyward. "I'm also looking at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Tennessee. I went to junior days at Georgia and Georgia Tech."

"Pitt is definitely one of my top schools. I grew up in the Pittsburgh area but we left when I was seven years old. I have always been a Panther fan. I like the school and the city. Obviously my father wouldn't mind me playing there."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm big and strong. I use my size to my advantage with opposing linemen. I like to thing I'm aggressive as well." There are few defensive linemen that stand 6-foot-7 inches tall. Cameron was asked if his height is an advantage or detriment on the football field. He was quick to reply, "Wow, let me think about that. I would say a little bit of both. Getting leverage can sometimes be tough but I occupy a lot of space and knock down passes."

Craig Heyward recently was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor and he was hospitalized in suburban Atlanta. Cameron was asked about his recovery and he stated, "Dad is doing better and getting stronger."

"I look forward to meeting Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and watching spring practice. The Panthers are one of my top choices. The visit will help to see what they are about."

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