Son of Craig “Ironhead” Heyward commits to Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

PG Corey Heyward has an NFL lineage

PG Corey Heyward has an NFL lineage

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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nash

March 19th, 2012
12:49 am

If the basketball team will take a juco why won’t the football team. First

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ccrider

March 19th, 2012
1:28 am

Welcome Corey, I hope you and this recruiting class leads Tech back to the big dance!

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 19th, 2012
1:30 am

Welcome to Georgia Tech, Corey. Coach Gregory has GT headed in the right direction. ” GO JACKETS “

FL Jacket

March 19th, 2012
6:11 am

Nash…read the article

He would have qualified out of HS, but went JUCO to improve his basketball skills.

Super Mario Balotelli

March 19th, 2012
7:32 am

He didnt go to a JUCO. He went to a post graduate prep school, which is like an extra year of high school. There’s a huge difference between JUCOs and prep schools

TX Jacket

March 19th, 2012
7:34 am

I didn’t think that Hargrave counted as a JUCO. I thought is was like a 5th year of high school.

BBall

March 19th, 2012
7:47 am

He didn’t play JUCO. He went to a Prep School. Which is a fifth year High School. Glad to have you Corey.

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collegeballfan

March 19th, 2012
8:07 am

Finally a point guard on the team!

Now Gregory can concentrate on signing one of the 4 or 5 star point guards for the 2013 class.

FL Jacket

March 19th, 2012
8:17 am

Balotelli…

When are you going to pull your finger out…and put that God-given potential to use and be that world-class striker you currently only show flashes of being?

WnE

March 19th, 2012
8:29 am

So where are all the “GT Elitists” that accuse Recruits from Hargrave of being Academic misfits that shouldn’t be recruited by GT.

When Hargrave Recruits go to muttville and play FB for UGA, they are called thugs, and all sorts of names, yet when GT signs one, then all of a sudden there’s “nothing wrong” with Prep School Recruits.

BTW, this is the WRONG Heyward for GT, what GT needed was to sign his older brother Cameron Heyward back when he signed with Ohio State out of P’Tree Ridge HS.

Where are all the smug, elitists academic-snobs that have made a “living” criticizing Prep School recruits.

First Jimmie Kitchens that couldn’t get into Auburn & Tenn. St., and now we are Recruiting Prep School guys from HARGRAVE!

Heck, if we are gonna act like LSU or Bama then we need to start getting LSU or Bama type RESULTS!

Super Mario Balotelli

March 19th, 2012
8:34 am

I don’t believe in maximizing my talents. That’s for losers. I only believe in performing endless amount of antics to feed the tabloids like going to strip clubs the night before games, shagging my gf’s best friend then kicking both of them out of my house (which as you know, I almost burned down b/c who doesn’t let off fireworks in their bathroom), wrecking my many sports cars and when the cops have the audacity to ask me why do I have so much cash, I tell them, “Because I’m rich.” Besides, it’s the media’s fault. Why always me?

BobinBuford

March 19th, 2012
8:44 am

Give it a rest already, WnE – isn’t about time for you to write something nasty about MaChelle Joseph and the women’s BBall team??

FL Jacket

March 19th, 2012
8:59 am

Balotelli…

I like that answer. It beats the customary Tevez answer of “it’s Mancini’s fault…”

BigTimeTechFan

March 19th, 2012
9:08 am

Heyward had offers from Morehead State, Western Carolina and Army, among others, coming out of high school but decided to attend prep school to attract bigger suitors

Plan worked to a tee, congrats, don’t remember watching him play so I don’t know how good he is?

Moobs Johnson

March 19th, 2012
9:10 am

Sorry BigTime, I’m glad we were able to steal a recruit from the basketball giants of GSU, Appy St, Morehead St, WC, and Army. Thank you

Gerald

March 19th, 2012
9:25 am

WnE:

Because this kid didn’t go to Hargrave because of bad grades. He was fully qualified as a high school senior. He merely went to Hargrave because he wanted an offer from an AQ school. Most of the SEC recruits go to prep school because they lack either the GPA, core curriculum or test scores. Besides, this is a basketball player, anyway, so it is irrelevant to your main gripe, which is the football team. Georgia Tech has always had lower standards for basketball recruits than for football ones, and the same is true of a lot of elite schools, especially Duke. If Duke had the same admissions policy for football that it does for basketball – the sport that they actually care about and try to win in – let’s just say that they’d win the ACC from time to time.

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 19th, 2012
9:32 am

Ohio State gets NFL 1st round draft choices and Tech gets Hargrave Military School’s best.

Michael Carvell

March 19th, 2012
9:33 am

@Flo-Ri-Duh, Hargrave Military Prep’s best is pretty good. It’s factory for D1 basketball and football talent. Alumni include former NBA coach Larry Brown, and a ton of NBA guys, Josh Howard, David West, etc. On the football side, you have NFLers Torry Holt, Charles Grant, DJ Ware, etc.

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March 19th, 2012
9:43 am

nash
March 19th, 2012
12:49 am

If the basketball team will take a juco why won’t the football team.

He is not a JUCO. Hargrave Military Academy is a High School that offers PG for many kids to get grades up and get 1 more season to impress scouts.

FL Jacket

March 19th, 2012
9:52 am

When the Dwags sign a kid whose only other offers were Georgia Southern or Memphis…”We’re offering him early before the other SEC schools pick up on him…”

When Tech signs a kid whose only other offers were Georgia Southern or Memphis…”Tech can only get kids whose only other offers are Georgia Southern and Memphis…”

FL Jacket

March 19th, 2012
9:54 am

WnE…

Cameron Heyward didn’t come to Tech because we already had Derrick Morgan and Michael Johnson…plus Jason Peters signed out of LA. It’s not like we didn’t have depth.

SansWorld

March 19th, 2012
10:02 am

Sounds like a good kid congrats, welcom to the flats

PM

March 19th, 2012
10:15 am

If he’s as good as Cameron or his Daddy this is a terriffic signing. Welcome to Atlanta Mr. Heyward.

Road Scholar

March 19th, 2012
10:59 am

Congrats Corey! Glad to have you.

If some of the “nay” posters would realize is that Coach Gregory has already begun development of our team. Something Hewitt never did. Name one player Hewitt developed? Not just let them play their game. Holsey and Miller had marked improvement as did Udofia. I have ridden Udofia in the pas in the blogst, and he was always out of control; now, he seems to be under control, even while playing the point…not his usual position.

BigTimeTechFan

March 19th, 2012
11:02 am

This time next year Tech will be getting ready for Sweet 16

Rick James

March 19th, 2012
11:26 am

Nice..Maybe Coach Gregory should recruit for CPJ too..

bravesfan79

March 19th, 2012
11:32 am

Wow… i was really excited until i learned he was a basketball recruit, not football. Remember watching his dad play football, what a beast!

bravesfan79

March 19th, 2012
11:41 am

Let me know when we actually recruit a Elite level ACC caliber pt guard! This guys only 6ft, and looks fat and slow, and probably cant shoot like Udofia. So we basically got a fatter version of Udofia? I hope this kid proves me wrong, at least he seems intelligent.

GTPhenom

March 19th, 2012
11:56 am

bravesfan, we don’t know how good this guy is going to be, because he HASN’T even played. Kinda hard to say that he can’t play at an “ACC” caliber, when he hasn’t even gotten into the weight room/program. His height means nothing. Not like point guards are the biggest guys on the court anyways. I for one am quite pleased. PG was the last thing CBG needed to recruit to make a fully successful first recruiting class. I can’t wait to see what this team does going forward.

Hoopster

March 19th, 2012
11:57 am

UConn was on this kid hard down the stretch. Very good pickup for Tech.

Tech Troll 13

March 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

We already have the point guard transfer from Kentucky and CBG has lots of scholarships to offer. He helps fill out the team and may not be more than a practice player. BTW his brother was an excellant basketball player at Whitefield Academy before transferring to Peachtree Ridge.

BigTimeTechFan

March 19th, 2012
12:42 pm

He was also recruited by UConn

Tech wasn’t the only school recruiting Corey. “UConn wanted me and my family to come up there for a look but I don’t think we would have been able to make that trip.”

Other teams recruiting Heyward included Georgia State, Appalachian State, Robert Morris,and Niagara. “Georgia Tech and UConn come after me in mid season.”

kingdaddy

March 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

Congragulations to GT. I’m sure the young Mr. Heywood will be an outstanding addition to your basketball team. I really loved his father and think this is a good sign for Tech,and a great school for Mr.Heywood…

DawginLex

March 19th, 2012
12:46 pm

My take is he is better talent wise now than his early offers indicate.

Tech troll, Stacy Poole is not a PG(transfer from Kentucky). He can play the 2 or the 3 and he can play. He improved a lot at UK and Calipari hated to see him leave. Backing up Gilchrist, Lamb, Miller etc is no route to playing time and with Poythress, Goodwin, Noel and maybe Muhammad on the way, the bench was his hang out…..

kingdaddy

March 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

Too bad he can’t play football too.

nash

March 19th, 2012
12:50 pm

what do Haregrove and, Georgia military college have in common? There both JUCO’S

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Marine Jacket

March 19th, 2012
2:10 pm

WnE. You say that you are a Tech fan and grad. I have never seen you post one thing that was not negative towards Tech. You seem to always look for a negative angle on every aspect of the Institute, why is that.

Please enlighten

Go Jackets!!!

BobinBuford

March 19th, 2012
2:30 pm

If all the UGA fans who post on here were like DawginLex, think of how much better all of this would be.

Marine: You’ll be waiting a long time to get any answer to your question from WnE – no GT fan would call CPJ Fish Fry and the other names UGA fans have for him.

FL Jacket

March 19th, 2012
2:46 pm

Marine Jacket…

Asking WnE to enlighten you in a logical way is futile. He lambastes CPJ and claims he can’t recruit, conveniently ignores that Tech can’t cater to the average SEC athlete, and never hesitates to poke fun at the “funny offense” on North Avenue.

YET…he will go to bat for Clemson in a heartbeat. He’ll defend that by bringing in top 10 recruiting classes, Dabo gets a pass for winning 32 games in 4 years…but CPJ doesn’t get a pass for winning 34 games in 4 years with far less talent because “he can’t recruit” or “can’t coach”.

He’ll scream to the top of his lungs that you can’t recruit elite athletes with a High School Offense…yet he’ll defend Clemson…a team running an offense by a guy 2 years out of HIGH SCHOOL!

Sven Ottke

March 19th, 2012
2:49 pm

Marine Jacket, WnE is atually buLLdawg among other handles. Huge UGa supporter. Filter him out.

gt45

March 19th, 2012
2:56 pm

I don’t even read tNe wNe anymore. Congrats, Corey!

The Bear

March 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

Good good for GT!
His father was a heck of a football player. Hope he got some of those instincts from his father to use on the court 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Those are solid numbers!

Would like to see GT Basketball get back on track.

The Bear

March 19th, 2012
2:59 pm

opps drop one of the good

A person SMART enough to know......

March 19th, 2012
3:10 pm

NASH………….you are a Moron and just don’t get it. Hargrave is a HIGH SCHOOL not a College. They offer PG work. Post Graduate classes to let kids get their grades up or get another season to impress scouts. We had the same thing at Riverside Military Academy. HERE is a link since you are to stupid to believe the truth that has been expressed to you.

http://www.hargrave.edu/
Hargrave Military Academy (HMA) is a private American boarding school located in the town of Chatham, Virginia.
Hargrave is a school affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia emphasizing Christian values that focuses on a college and military preparatory program. The school serves boys from around the world from grades seven to twelve and has a post-graduate (PG) program, through which high school graduates can improve their athletic abilities, grades, and SAT scores in preparation for college.

GTfan2012

March 19th, 2012
4:00 pm

My grandfather was former faculty at Hargrave, so I definitely applaud this move. Great institution. Heyward will make a good back-up PG next year, and hopefully will blossom into something more in a few years.

Boot Licking Toadie

March 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

This is a classic from ol’ wrexie:

“Where are all the smug, elitists academic-snobs that have made a “living” criticizing Prep School recruits.”

You are a piece of work. LOL

Boot Licking Toadie

March 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

Wrexie, go contribute to libelous website.