"I am pretty much favoring USC, San Diego State and Oregon," said Heyward. "I haven't been to San Diego State or Oregon yet, but I went to USC and enjoyed it and the coaches, and atmosphere and everything there Coach Joe Barry is recruiting me. He is a good guy with a good personality. He and Coach Orgeron, they all make you want to go there and be apart of the Trojan family."
Heyward plans to take his final three visits in January.
"I am going to take my last three visits to UCLA, Oregon and San Diego State," said Heyward.
The Ducks will have the last shot at Heyward
"Everybody wants to be a part of a winning program," said Heyward. "They have a great coaching staff and great facilities I hear. I haven't been there yet but I'll go there on the 21st."
Meanwhile, the hometown Aztecs, who had an outstanding season for a once moribund program, have made a favorable impression on Heyward.
"Everybody wants to play for the home team and help them win," said Heyward. "They are on the rise and doing good things."
UCLA is outside his top three, but Heyward is giving the Bruins a shot with his official visit upcoming.
"With UCLA, they're getting a new defensive coordinator, so I am just keeping them on to see what kind of new things they can do," said Heyward.
Heyward has enjoyed his past week at the UnderArmour All-America Game.
"It's been a good challenge and it only makes you better going against people like that," said Heyward. "You win some and you lose some."
As for his position in college, Heyward is open to any position on the defensive line.
"Some see me as a defensive end and tackle," said Heyward. I am more of a quick-type of tackle that can move and shift. I am not too much of a stocky-type guy that just stays in the hole. I like to move around and make things happen."
And what is Heyward looking for in a school?
"I am looking for a school with good academics, good graduation percentage and if they run a good scheme," said Heyward.