Connor Heyward comes from an athletically gifted family.
His father was the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who played 10 years in the NFL. His oldest brother is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cameron Heyward. Another brother, Corey, plays for Georgia Tech’s basketball team.
Connor is hoping to be the next successful Heyward.
The 3-star wide receiver from Peachtree Ridge High School currently has seven offers and is looking to add at least one more from South Carolina.
“It’s not too far from home. It’s SEC football. Who wouldn’t want to play in the SEC? I like their school’s tradition,” Heyward told SEC Country.
The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder said he hears from Gamecocks coaches often, but his interest in the program is in a holding pattern as he waits to hear who the next head coach will be.
“South Carolina has definitely expressed a lot of interest in me right now,” Heyward said. “I like South Carolina, but with (former Coach Steve) Spurrier not there, the coaching situation isn’t solidified yet. I want to see who is going to be the new head coach. It could be (Alabama defensive coordinator) Kirby Smart, unless he goes to Virginia Tech.”
The 2017 athlete plans on making trips to South Carolina, Iowa, Duke, Penn State, Pittsburgh (his dad’s alma mater) and Ohio State (his brother’s alma mater) after his season finishes.
Heyward said he doesn’t have a decision date set and no schools are currently standing out.
He is ranked as the state of Georgia’s No. 62 player in the class of 2017.