Will "Pitt be it" for Heyward?

The University of Pittsburgh is deep in the hunt for the son of former Panther standout Craig "Ironhead" Heyward from Whitefield Academy in Atlanta, GA. Cameron is starting to narrow his list of school and he spoke to the PantherDigest.com about a few of his finalists. Read on for details!

"I'm pretty open right now but four schools seem to standout: Pitt, Florida, Georgia and LSU," stated Cameron Heyward (6-foot-7 inches, 277 pounds) from Whitefield Academy in Atlanta, GA. Heyward, son of the late 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 like those four schools with Ohio State and Tennessee possibly in the mix."

"I'm somewhat torn right now. Part of me wants to stick close to home, while the other side me can see myself playing somewhere like Pitt. I have a lot of family in Pittsburgh and I know the city well. It wouldn't be a huge adjustment for me."

Heyward is an extremely versatile player. His rare combination of size and speed has made him a highly coveted recruit. Cameron believes he could play defensive end, defensive tackle and offensive tackle on the next level. He prefers to play defense.

"It all depends on the defensive scheme. A team playing a 3-4 would play me at defensive end. If a team is playing a traditional 4-3, I would move down to defensive tackle."

What does Cameron think of the Panthers? "I love the Panthers. I visited there earlier in the year and I love the city and the school. The facilities are simply incredible," said Heyward. "I like the coaching staff and I feel like I have a connection wit the city and school. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is simply a great guy. He would be great to play for."

Heyward is considered a standout on the basketball court as well as the football field. He's strong considering playing both sports in college. "I talked with Coach Wannstedt about playing both sports and he was good with it," he said. "I like Coach (Jamie) Dixon. He has done a great job with the Pitt basketball program. I could play power forward or center in college."

"I'm not sure when I'll make a final decision. I have some great schools to pick from. I like Pitt and Georiga, LSU and Florida have a lot to offer. It's going to be tough to decide."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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