One has to go all the way back to the final day of July when a high school football prospect last verbally committed to play for the Michigan State Spartans. It was 3-star Josiah Scott (Fairfield, OH) pledging to play for Mark Dantonio come 2017, making him the 16th recruit for MSU.
On Thursday, they landed pledge No. 17 with the addition of an athlete from Suwanee, Georgia – Connor Heyward.
— Connor Heyward (@ConnorHeyward1) December 9, 2016
Heyward is listed at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. He’s listed as an athlete because that is precisely what he did for Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia. He saw time this senior year at both wide receiver and safety. Offensively, he totaled more than 800 yards from scrimmage both rushing and receiving with a total of 16 touchdowns. He’s regarded as a top-50 athlete and top-70 player in the state of Georgia, according to 247Sports Recruiting.
The name Heyward is pretty synonymous with the game of football. His father was Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward, who was an All-American running back at Pittsburgh and eventual first-round pick in the NFL Draft, where he spent 11 seasons with five different teams. Connor’s older brother, defensive end Cameron Heyward, was a four-year starter at Ohio State from 2007-10 and is now in his sixth season professionally, all with the Pittsburgh Steeelers.
The commitment of the younger Heyward gives Michigan State 17 hard commits for the Class of ’17, a class that currently ranked 6th in the Big Ten and 26th nationally. Heyward is one of 14 prospects rated as 3-stars, according to 247Sports.