Connor Heyward Hopes to Create Own Legacy

By Mike Rockstedt on August 18, 2014 at 2:45p
Connor Heyward, brother to former Buckeye Cameron Heyward, is a hot commodity.

Ohio State's football program has attracted a number of brothers of the years. For class of 2017 athlete Connor Heyward, having a standout defensive lineman for an older brother makes familiarity with the Buckeyes even stronger.

Connor Heyward's brother is Buckeye alum and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive linemen Cameron Heyward. Connor, a sophomore from Peachtree Ridge High School in Sewanee, Georgia, came to Columbus many times to watch his brother play. According to Connor, loved every part of sitting in the stands.

"It was awesome to watch my brother play right in front of me like that," Heyward told Eleven Warriors. "I remember coming to the games with more than 100,000 people and how passionate those fans were. In Ohio, everything is about Ohio State football and that was always something I loved."

Now Connor could have a chance to change his seat at The Horseshoe. Instead of sitting in the stands and cheering on the team, he might be on the field, cheering on his teammates.

"I love everything about Ohio State," Heyward said of his interest in the Buckeyes. "I have been there so many times and I fell in love with the campus and facilities. I visited for a camp and that was pretty cool too. Getting coached by the coaches was important. I also got to hang out with Danny Clark."

Heyward is starting to socialize with Buckeye recruits as well. At a recent camp he hung out with Danny Clark, and he says they have become good friends in spite of their hectic schedules. According to Heyward, it is good knowing who his quarterback would be.

The busy schedule isn't limited to football. Heyward had a busy summer playing basketball, which kept him from attending Friday Night Lights. Since then, the 6-1, 190-pound athlete has made a trip to the University of Georgia and came away impressed. He was shocked how much he liked the visit, and even named then one of his top schools.

Connor not sure when he is going to be back to Ohio State but is hoping to come back for a game in the fall. His older brother Cameron has given him some good advice: that it's Connor's choice where to go and he'll be happy wherever Connor goes. Because of that advice, Connor is going through the whole recruiting process and taking a deliberate pace. If he chooses to make an instant decision, though, Connor could become the next Heyward to play in the Shoe.


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Vinsaniti's picture

It would be awesome to see him here. He'd have big shoes to fill.

sharks's picture

His brother's big shoes and his dad's big helmet

A man got to have a code...

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cinserious's picture

What position(s) does he play and what does he project to be?

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Mike Rockstedt's picture

He is an ATH and could play O or D.

mmounts's picture

Whats his talent level? 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Heyward? Yes, please!

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Bucksfan70's picture

"little" heyward is listed at 6'1 190. i'm not sure if this is accurate or not (looks kinda small in the video). but if it is, that's pretty big for a sophomore.

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Orangeslash's picture

I went to Peachtree Ridge and graduated with Cameron, used to play basketball all the time with his brother Corey. Both of them always said that Connor had always been the most natural athlete in the family. Let's get him!

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Ghbuck23's picture

So what does that make Heyward .. Good eitherway if we get him

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mmounts's picture

Small world. I graduated from North Gwinnett in 07. I remember when Tressel was visiting/recruiting Cameron, I got word from a buddy. I left school and took off down Peachtree Industrial to try and see him. Caught a glimpse of him and got an O-H in. 

Tyler Durden's picture

My favorite thing about his highlights is the last play. What a great block!

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PlanningBuck12's picture

We shall call him Little Ironhead II 


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USArmyBuckeye's picture

If he becomes half the player Cam was, we'll be lucky to have him!

NuttyBuckeye's picture

He's got moves to add to the Heyward legacy of toughness.  He would be an awesome addition for Ohio State.  Here's to hoping we can land him!!

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scottyp_330's picture

He's got that stride where he doesn't look likes running fast but then he's left everyone in his dust. Smooth operator.

sjOH1OSt's picture

He'll take full advantage of his recruiting trips and end up where his heart is... right here, in COL, OH!

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