Heyward Has A Final Four

San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma defensive lineman Christian Heyward is down to four Pac-10 schools, and he'll visit two of them next month...

San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma defensive lineman Christian Heyward has been quiet for the better part of the recruiting cycle, not one to talk much about his recruitment.

"Christian is a no-nonsense guy," said Point Loma coach Mike Hastings. "He's not really in to drawing attention to himself. He's more introspective."

But his play on the field has drawn plenty of attention, and the heavily recruited Heyward had offers from all over.

Now, the four-star is down to a quartet of Pac-10 schools, with two of them getting visits next month and two already having hosted Heyward.

"He's down to four schools now, Arizona, USC, Oregon and UCLA. He was up at USC this past weekend and it was a great experience for him," said Hastings. "He had already visited Arizona."

The UnderArmour All-American will take the remaining two visits when he returns from Orlando.

"Christian will go to UCLA the week after he gets back from Orlando (January 15th), and then he'll go to Oregon for his last trip the weekend after," said Hastings. "He's going to keep things quiet until Signing Day."

Hastings said no school has emerged as a leader for his All-American defensive lineman.

"He'll take all of his visits, and meet with the coaches, and then he'll weigh all the pros and cons of each school," said Hastings. "What it comes down to for him is the education, the environment, and where he thinks he really fits in best."

Earlier this week, Arizona coach Mike Stoops was in for an in-home visit, and Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Allioti was also by. In January, Hastings said UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel and USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will be having in-home visits.

While some players selected to All-American Games are swayed by their teammates in the game to join them in college, Hastings doesn't see that being an issue with Heyward.

"He's not going to be pressured by anyone to make a decision," said Hastings. "Not by coaches or by other players. He'll make the best decision for himself."

Hastings said that Heyward is up to 6-3, 280, but can play any spot on the defensive line.

"He's a great athlete, I just watched him playing basketball," said Hastings. "He's cat quick, and I can see him being a 3-technique in college."

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