Dallas Heyward will be coming into his freshman season at Mill Creek High School (Ga.) and making noise on the field with his play is a top priority.
“I want to shine. Make the coaches notice me, get more playing time on the field and get looked at by college scouts as well,” he said.
Heyward started playing football in fifth grade, took a year off and ran track and started playing football again in eighth grade.
“I would say it’s the NFL, the paycheck. Just to get to the NFL. I want the money and make my family happy. It drives me because it’s just fun to be out there on the field, it gives me something to do and it’s just a fun sport. I love hitting people when I can and then making the plays,” Heyward said about what motivates him to play the game.
“My dad because he was never able to play sports as a kid so my brother and I want to make him happy and want to see [us] happy playing sports,” Heyward said about who has had a big impact on him.
The Hoschton, Ga., native and 5-foot-11, 162 pound safety took a visit in early June to Citadel University and here’s what he took away from the visit.
“…It’s more about growing as a man and gaining a career or job. At Citadel, they said they won’t just help you with sports, they’ll help with you with a job. …The small things not sports. They’re focused on you off the field too.”
He doesn’t have any other visits plan for the summer but said Citadel would be on his radar moving forward.
As far as how he plays on the field, zone coverage is easier to defend for him and he doesn’t have to track receivers all the way down field. He feels he excels more in man coverage.
“Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman who play for the Seattle Seahawks. They’re both very athletic, they make plays when they need to be made and they’re both just big time players,” he said are players he models his game after.
Dallas Heyward is now trying to forge his own path as a member of the Mill Creek Hawks secondary. The Hawks went 13-1 (6-0 7A Region 6) in 2016.