Focus 2011: DL Christian Heyward

The San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma defensive lineman, 6-3, 265-pound Christian Heyward, is one of UCLA's top prospects in a deep class at defensive line in the West...

The last time UCLA landed an elite player from Point Loma (Calif.) High, it was future All-American J.J. Stokes.

The Pointers have another player that the Bruins are interested in, defensive tackle Christian Heyward, a 6-3, 265-pounder who was a second team all-state underclass pick in 2009 after helping the Pointers to the CIF-San Diego D-III title game.

Heyward has a pair of written offers and two more verbal offers.

"San Diego State was my first written offer and Washington just offered me on Tuesday," said Heyward. "Cal and UCLA have both verbally offered me so I'm just waiting on the letter."

In addition to those four, Heyward said Oregon, USC, Boise State, Arizona, Nebraska and Fresno State are also showing interest.

"They are all looking at me pretty seriously," said Heyward. "No one has said specifically if they want me as a defensive end or defensive tackle, except for Boise, who told me I could play defensive end. It's pretty much the defensive line."

Heyward played end for the Pointers this past season, but knows with his size, he could move inside and play.

"I'm open to whatever position on the defensive line a team wants me to play," said Heyward.

Heyward said that while it's still early, he's got a group of five schools he's favoring early on.

"Probably UCLA, Cal, Oregon, USC and San Diego State," said Heyward. "I didn't really have a favorite team growing up, except maybe San Diego State because they were the home town team. But I never had a die-hard team."

Heyward said that while he's open to schools around the country, his preference is to stay in the West.

"I'm thinking the Pac-10, somewhere in the Pac-10, to play," said Heyward. "But I'm open to anything."

Heyward said that he's not in a rush to make a decision.

"I want to go through the process and take all five of my trips," said Heyward. "I'm planning on going to more camps in the spring and to some school camps."

Academically, Heyward said he's in fine shape, with a 3.0 GPA and plans to take the SAT in March.


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