LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Some of the nation's best have gathered at Disney World this week for the Under Armour All American game. With the rosters having a heavy Southeast presence, some prospects from the West Coast have seemingly been forgotten about. However, Christian Heyward is doing his best to make sure that doesn't happen with him.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle from San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma was the best interior lineman on the Red squad Sunday and he continued his high level of play on Monday. He says the high level of competition has made him a better player.
"It's gone good," Heyward said. "The competition's good and it only makes you better. I can't really point one (offensive lineman) out in particular but there's been some good competition out there.
"Everybody wants to be the best and everyone wants to do the best. The competition, even among other defensive linemen, brings out the best in all of us."
As far as the recruiting process, the Rivals250 prospect has offers from schools from every major conference. Heyward has taken two of his five allotted official visits already.
"I've been to U of A and USC so far," he said. "I liked the atmosphere at USC. The coaching and everything over there is good too. Arizona was good too. They have a good environment there."
Three other schools will also be on the receiving end of visits from Heyward later this month.
"I'm going to use my other three visits to go to UCLA (Jan. 14), Oregon (Jan. 21) and San Diego State (Jan. 28)," he said.
To a lot of observers, one of those programs may seem out of place. However, Heyward sees a lot to like in the Aztecs.
"San Diego State is close to home and they're on the rise," he said. "They're getting better and they do a lot of good things."
With three more officials yet to come, the nation's No. 16 defensive tackle and No. 170 overall prospect is not ready to name favorites out of his final five.
"After my San Diego State visit, I should know where I want to go," Heyward said. "Nobody is standing out right now. I'm just waiting to see all five schools and how they compare to each other and I'll make a decision from there."