Owing Mills (Md.) McDonogh wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey currently holds written offers from close to a dozen schools, but is expecting more on the way soon. So who leads?
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound talent with blazing speed, Heyward-Bey hauled in 855 yards receiving as a junior with nine touchdowns. He earned all-conference honors last season and is also a high school All-American in track as a sprinter.
“Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Virginia, Boston College, Marshall, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Michigan State have all offered me so far,” admitted Heyward-Bey. “I’m starting to get a lot of interest from Virginia Tech and Texas, they both might be close to offering.”
While Darrius admits that everyone is recruiting him is putting forth a lot of effort in bring him in, Maryland and Alabama lead the pack a little bit.
“I’m really open to all of the schools recruiting me right now. I realize it is still early in the process,” explained Heyward-Bey. “New offers could still come in and I don’t want to start eliminating schools while there is so much time to still receive offers.”
While Heyward-Bey is waiting patiently for all offers to be accounted for, he also realizes he can’t hold out hope for certain schools forever.
“I plan to narrow my list down to five schools for official visits come the end of August,” said Heyward-Bey. “I’ll take my visits during or after the season and decide sometime in December.”
What criteria will Darrius use for selecting his final grouping of schools?
“It’s very important to me and to my mother to earn a degree and graduate, so I’m looking for a school that gives strong academic support to its athletes,” said Heyward-Bey. “My relationship with the coaching staff as well as the opportunity for early playing time will both be important factors to consider.”
Heyward-Bey has camped at Alabama this summer and has taken unofficial visits to Maryland, Duke, and North Carolina. He participated in the Nike Camp in Charlottesville this past Spring.