PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered three seasons at Mill Creek under coach Shannon Jarvis ... three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... consensus top-60 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com (No. 41), Rivals.com (No. 52) and 247Sports.com (No. 57) ... as a senior, recorded 90 tackles and 5.0 sacks along with one INT, eight passes defended, one fumble recovery and one caused fumble ... helped Mill Creek to an 8-4 ledger as a senior and Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state playoff berth ... scored defensive TDs in consecutive games as a senior with a fumble return against Collins Hill and INT return versus Archer ... booked 78 tackles as a junior when Mill Creek reached the GHSA Class AAAAAA semifinals ... as a junior, helped the Hawks to a 13-1 record as a junior and Region 6-AAAAAA title with only loss coming to Grayson in the GHSA Class AAAAAA semifinal ... after junior season, earned a spot in the Georgia Elite All-Star Classic and logged four tackles and one INT.
PERSONAL: Born April 19, 2000 ... son of Anita and Vic Heyward ... brother, Victor, is a member of the football program at Georgia State University … cousin, Johnny Ali Heyward, graduated from Duke in 1997 … cousin, Connor Heyward, is a member of the football program at Michigan State University … cousin, Cameron Heyward, played football at Ohio State University (2007-08-09-10), helped the Buckeyes to three Big Ten championships, was a first round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 NFL Draft and is currently in his eighth season with the Steelers ... cousin, Corey Heyward, lettered four seasons in basketball at Georgia Tech (2014-15-16-17) … cousin, Craig Heyward Jr., played football at Middle Tennessee State University (2006-07-08-09) … late uncle, Craig Heyward, played football at the University of Pittsburgh, was a first round selection of the New Orleans Saints in the 1988 NFL Draft, played 11 professional seasons the Saints (1988-1991), Chicago Bears (1992), Atlanta Falcons (1994-95), St. Louis Rams (1997) and Indianapolis Colts (1998), rushed for 4,301 career yards and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1995.