Corey Heyward, the son of the late NFL star Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, signed a basketball scholarship with Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder is a point guard from Virginia’s Hargrave Military prep school and graduated from Peachtree Ridge High School last year.
“It was a relief to finally sign the papers, and I’m ready to get things started down at Georgia Tech,” Heyward told the AJC.
Heyward is the fourth member of Georgia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class, along with shooting guard Chris Bolden of North Gwinnett, power forward Robert Carter of Shiloh and small forward Marcus Hunt of North Clayton. The others signed in November’s early period.
“I’m excited about having Corey at Georgia Tech,” coach Brian Gregory told the AJC. “The two things that are most important in recruiting are bringing in guys that have always been winners and understand what it takes to win … the stuff you have to do as an individual and the stuff you have to do as a team member. Corey has played on some very good teams at Peachtree Ridge, and he played on a great team this past year at Hargrave … they went 38-1 and made it to the national championship game for prep schools.
“Corey does the things that help teams win. That was really important. Then, the second thing, he brings the explosiveness, competiveness and toughness that we need in our program. When you look at the other kids that we signed early, that’s an exciting group … not just because of the things they accomplished but they bring character and toughness. They’re excited about bringing Georgia Tech back. They’re looking at what they can do, with the guys we already have there, to help take the program another step forward.”
Georgia Tech has one more scholarship available this season but will likely to save it for next year. The Yellow Jackets may sign as many as three recruits next year.
Heyward said he picked Georgia Tech over scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Ole Miss. He also had interest from Nebraska and Central Florida. Heyward averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists this past season at Hargrave.
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