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

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

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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