Chester (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara running back Anthony Heygood wants to go a team that runs the football. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder took an official visit to Purdue last weekend and was impressed, but two power running teams lurk in the battle for his services.
"Purdue was cool," said Heygood, the No. 20 running back in the country. "I know they're known as a passing team and all that, but they run the ball when they need to. They haven't produced as many great running backs as my other two favorites, but right now I would say they're my leader because they're the only place I've visited."
However, Purdue has to sweat out two tough official visits.
"I go to West Virginia on Jan. 9 and then Boston College on Jan. 16," he said. "I'll decide sometime after the BC trip. It's down to those three."
And what does he like about WVU and BC?
"They run the ball -- a lot," he laughed. "West Virginia has had Quincy Wilson and Amos Zereoue while BC has had Derrick Knight and William Green. Both schools like to run the football and put players in the NFL. I get better as I run more, so I prefer a power running offense."
Heygood runs out of an "I" formation in college, which might give the Eagles a slight edge.
"I prefer having a fullback in front of me, because my style is about power," he said. "WVU and Purdue spread things out more and run a lot of single back, which is also cool with me, but I'm used to the 'I' formation."
Heygood rushed for 1,272 yards and scored 17 times during his senior season.