Corey Heyward, the son of the late NFL star Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, committed to play basketball at Georgia Tech on Sunday.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder is a point guard at Virginia’s Hargrave Military prep school and graduated from Peachtree Ridge High School last year.
Heyward committed to Georgia Tech over offers from Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. He also had serious interest from Nebraska and Ole Miss, among others.
“I committed because it was the best decision for my family,” Heyward told the AJC. “It has great academics and a prestigious basketball program. Coach [Brian Gregory] has really started a movement to get it back on track, and I want to be part of it.”
Heyward’s famous father played running back for 11 years in the NFL, including from 1994-1996 for the Atlanta Falcons. He died of cancer in 2006. Corey’s older brother, Cameron Heyward, starred in football at Peachtree Ridge and Ohio State and was a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward has a younger brother, Connor, who is a seventh-grader and is regarded as the family’s best athlete.
Corey Heyward played football until the eighth grade, and then decided to focus on basketball. He averaged 18 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds as a senior at Peachtree Ridge last year.
Last year, Heyward signed with Morehead State over Western Carolina and Army. But Heyward decided to attend prep school to attract bigger suitors. At Hargrave this season, Heyward averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Heyward is Georgia Tech’s fourth recruit for this year’s class – with all four from the state of Georgia. Heyward has a 3.5 GPA and has already met college entrance requirements. He will sign with Georgia Tech in April’s late period and begin classes in late May.
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