Heyward talks about the Pitt Panthers

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 schools and prepare for his season. He recently spoke to the PantherDigest.com about a few of his finalists. Read on for details!

"I don't have anything set in stone right now. The main schools I'm looking at are Pittsburgh, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee and Oklahoma," stated blue-chip defensive lineman Cameron Heyward (6-foot-7 inches, 277 pounds) from Whitefield Academy in Atlanta, GA.

"I don't have a set list of school I'm going to visit right now. I plan on taking most, if not all, of my official visits before making my final decision."

When asked if the University of Pittsburgh would be one of his official visits, he quickly stated, "Yes, I believe they will get one of them."

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's hard to say if I'm looking for certain factors in a school. I'm going to visit all of the schools I like and compare and contrast what they have to offer. Playing time is going to factor in but it won't be the only reason I choose a school."

Scout.com ranks Heyward a "three-star" recruit. He registered 42 tackles and 2 sacks as a junior.

"I really like Pitt. I have family in Pittsburgh and it looks like Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is going to get the program back on track. The facilities are top notch and they have a great coaching staff. I felt very comfortable with them."

"I still want to look into playing basketball in college as well. I would like to talk with Coach (Jamie) Dixon on my visit. Pitt has a great basketball program in a top conference."

Heyward opens his season on Friday (9/1) against Shiloh High School. He will start at defensive tackle for Whitefield Academy. It appears he may have a limited role on offense as well. "They want to use me on short yardage and goal line situations on offense. That's fine with me," he said.

"It's early but the Panthers remain on of my top choices."

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

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