Recruiting Notebook: Connor Heyward to Camp, Florida Star Grew Up a Buckeye Fan

By Jordan Wagner on June 16, 2014 at 3:00p

Ohio State will continue with its prospect camps this week, hosting a Skill & Big Man Camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, with one-day position camps on Thursday and Saturday. 

While hundreds will attend these camps, the prospects visiting on Tuesday will attract the most attention. Damien Harris, Rashad Roundtree, Chris Clark and Joe Burrow are the top prospects expected on Tuesday. Later in the week, Larry Scott and Darius Fullwood are expected to visit Ohio State. 

More on those visits later. Let's get to the rest of the recruiting notebook. 

Connor Heyward To Camp at Ohio State

Suwanee (Ga.) 2017 athlete Connor Heyward, brother of former Buckeye defensive lineman Cameron, will head up to Columbus on Tuesday for one of Ohio State's prospect camps. Last season, Heyward played quarterback and wide receiver for Peachtree Ridge High School, which is also the same school Bradley Roby attended. Like Roby, Heyward will play strong safety during his sophomore season. 


A few recruiting analysts have already crystal balled the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete to the Buckeyes, even though Ohio State has not offered Heyward. That offer could be coming soon for the Georgia native. 

"I think if I do well, I'll pick up an offer from Ohio State," Heyward said about possibly earning an offer at OSU's camp. "They've been begging for me to come up again."

The sophomore-to-be has yet to pick up an offer, but plenty of schools are already showing interest. Most are recruiting him as an athlete as they think he will continue to grow; potentially, Heyward could move from safety to an outside linebacker role. 

"It's going good," Heyward said of his recruitment. "I have a lot of looks and interest. I am just waiting on the offers to come."

As the crystal ball suggests, the younger Heyward definitely likes Ohio State. Following in his brother's footsteps is something he would welcome. 

"I would definitely love to come to The Ohio State University to continue the family tradition," Heyward said. "My family is really close with coach Fickell and Meyer because of my brother and Bradley Roby."

While 2017 is several recruiting classes away, Urban Meyer and company haven't shied away from offering scholarships to upcoming sophomores. Heyward will be a prospect to watch at camp on Tuesday and in the future as he develops on the football field. 

Florida Star Grew Up a Buckeye Fan

Korey Charles, a four-star athlete from Tallahassee, Florida, is among the top 2016 prospects in the nation. 247Sports rates Charles as the 123rd overall prospect, ranking ninth among athletes. Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Florida and Wisconsin have seen enough to offer Charles, who has drawn rave reviews from Florida State's camp


Of the three crystal ball predictions for the 5-foot-10, 173-pound athlete, LSU has two and Ohio State has the other.

The Florida prospect told Eleven Warriors that he "kind of" grew up an Ohio State fan and has been interested in the Buckeyes all of his life. Despite his interest in the Buckeyes, and his impressive offer list, the interest doesn't appear to be mutual yet.

"They have only shown me a little bit of interest," Charles said. He noted that his attempts at reaching the Buckeyes' coaching staff have not been successful. While he appears open to making a visit or camping at Ohio State, no plans are set for now.

Charles has the potential to be an elite defensive back at the next level, but the Buckeyes' focus appears to be on other targets. While he doesn't have any favorites, Ohio State's lack of contact could have a negative impact on future chances. 

"They would have to do some real hard pursuing," Charles said when asked if the Buckeyes would be one of his top schools if they reached out to him. "I'm hoping [they get in contact]."


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Jeremypreemo81's picture

Sure would be nice for the good guys to get a committment this week-Connor, Clark, Haskins, Harris...hell how bout them all

well it looks like we got one of these guys yesterday...maybe we can get a few more by Friday

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rider1's picture

I'd take a shot on Connor-He comes from a great football family. 

CC's picture

This is the 2nd 11W article today referencing players who have some interest in OSU where OSU hasn't expressed great interest in them.  Obviously there's more to the story, I'd love to hear the other side.

buckeyeradar's picture

Nice write up Jordon.  I just got a feeling that Joe Burrow, who is a class act and leader is going to be in Chris Clark's ear all week.  I think he may be the deciding factor for Clark.

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

chirobuck's picture

Heyward is at 6'1" 190 and hasn't even started his sophomore season yet......yeah I'd say there is a good chance he grows into a LBer, and I love LBers that transition from S....usually more athletic and better in coverage


^ best post ever ^

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SilverBullet-98's picture

He gets coached to step into his throws in the next year, he might be a decent qb. He definately has atheletic skills and a nice arm for throwing flat footed with just his arm.

Has a nice burst of speed and decent vision. Definately one to track. Has alot of physical maturing to do yet.imo.

"The Past Builds the Future"

sharks's picture

Ironhead III

A man got to have a code...

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Crumb's picture

That's right Connor continue a family tradition!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

swainpm's picture

Especially if he can make commercials like this!


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AndyVance's picture

I remember that spot! An awesome vintage piece.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Connor Heyward will work out as a WR tomorrow. 

Codeezy's picture

Amazing. He could end up 6'4" and 240 and be a tight end even. Good reports on his outlook on the university and family tradition as well. 

Hovenaut's picture

Given his genes, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him add some size.

Would absolutely be thrilled to see another Heyward in Columbus.

NuttyBuckeye's picture

Heyward is becoming a favorite name of mine for Ohio State, of course, George is my #1 name...

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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buckeyedude's picture

Wow. A kid grows up in Tallahassee, Florida, a Buckeye fan? How dat happen?



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chemicalwaste's picture

He knows what's good for him.

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ToledoMan's picture

Because Florida State was an afterthought for 10 years prior to last season.

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chemicalwaste's picture

Nooooo! I'm sticking to mine.

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chemicalwaste's picture

It kind of irks me when kids that really want to be ohio state buckeyes and have no interest from the program. I understand the staff has their plans for what type of player they are looking for, but the desire to be a buckeye will become the heart of being a buckeye. You can't measure that or watch it on film.

THEOSUfan's picture

I guess I'm getting too old to give a flying flip about how a 16 year old feels about how a school is recruiting him.  Some of these kids act like they are girls desperate for a string of boyfriends, and when they don't get enough attention from one, they go into spurned mode.  It's just irritating.

My gut says that if Urban's recruiting machine is cool on a kid, there is an on or off the field concern that is making them cool.

Nick's picture

There are thousands of Ohio high school players that would kill to be a Buckeye but haven't even gotten a glance from the coaching staff. We can't take all the kids so we have to be super selective.

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Buckeye06's picture


Saw on a message board that Deondre Francois is visiting tomorrow (was supposed to visit Tenn but is coming our way instead).  Any insight/do we have a chance or is it more just a courtesy type visit to see if we can blow him out of the water?