Georgia wide receiver Connor Heyward is a player that Pitt fans have been hearing about for months.
The fact that he’s the brother of Pittsburgh Steeler great Cam Heyward, coupled with the fact that he’s a priority recruit in Pitt’s Class of 2017 has kept him in the spotlight.
To the surprise of some, Heyward (6-2, 215) still hasn’t made a college decision. As of now, Heyward holds offers from Pitt, Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt, among others.
This evening, I had a chance to catch up with Heyward to get the latest on his recruitment and if he’s close to making a decision.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m super blessed to have the offers that I have but my recruiting process is still open,” said Heyward. “I definitely have a couple of schools that have offered that I feel very comfortable committing to.”
So is there something he’s waiting for or that’s causing him from making up his mind?
“The reason I’m taking my time is because I don’t want to make a decision that I’ll regret. I want to end up at a school that I’ll fall in love with.”
This summer, Heyward was able to make visits to both Pitt and Louisville and says that despite not having offers from them yet, he plans on making upcoming visits to Michigan State and Penn State.
Another one of the schools that hasn’t offered but could be close to doing so is hometown Georgia. I asked Heyward about the Bulldogs and how that would impact his recruitment.
“I’ve had contact with Georgia lately and they would give me more options closer to home,” said Heyward.
What about Pitt? I asked him about the Panthers and also his relationship with Pat Narduzzi, someone who the entire Heyward family has spoken highly of.
“Pitt is definitely a school that stands out to me and they’ve been showing me a lot of love,” said Heyward. “I like the environment at Pitt and it’s amazing having family there to support me.”
“Coach Narduzzi is a great coach and my family trusts him. He’s incredibly personable and makes me feel welcomed whenever I talk with him. He has the Pitt program going in the right direction!”
Heyward is lucky to have brothers and sisters that have gone through the process of getting recruiting and is relying on them for advice as he approaches the time for him to eventually decide.
“Not just Cam but all of my brothers have been telling me to just take my time because you can only go to college once so you want to spend it somewhere special.”
Pitt Panthers fans are hoping that it will be in Oakland.
// Featured image: Photo courtesy of Connor Heyward