There is always a lot of speculation and hoopla around a highly recruited high school athlete who not only can play more than one major sport but more than one position in more than one major sport.
Miami Hurricane fans let me introduce you to the very versatile and talented Grant Heyman.
Heyman you see is a multi-sport, multi-position athlete who excels in both baseball and football on the high school level. Heyman hails from Pittsford Sutherland High School in New York State where he has won several individual awards and also led his team to State championships.
Grant is such a stud in baseball that he was recently selected in the 2012 MLB draft. However, he turned down the MLB money to sign a Letter on Intent to play baseball for the Jim Morris and the Miami Hurricanes. But baseball isn't Grant's only gig, he also plays some pretty good football (and basketball) too.
According to reporter Mitch Pritchard of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Heyman, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, was an 11th round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month. But he said the opportunity to play baseball in the Atlantic Coast Conference was too much to pass up. Heyman said he has received permission to also walk onto the Hurricane football team.
Pritchard quoted Heyman as saying: “It has always been my dream to play Division I sports,” Heyman said. “I was pretty positive that it wouldn’t happen at an ACC school like Miami, but now it is becoming a reality. The Miami coaches are pretty sure they can turn me into a first-round draft pick. I am ready to go down there and work hard.”
The uber-talented Heyman is also skilled at the art of self promotion. He has developed a web site detailing his many athletic accomplishments that can be found here: http://grantheyman.com/index.html
During Grant’s sophomore year (2010), his season culminated with Sutherland High School winning its first-ever State Championship. In the championship final game, Grant was 3-3 with 2 doubles and a game-clinching homerun.
He supported his Team’s 24-2 season by leading the team in Extra Base Hits, Doubles, Stolen Base Percentage, Fielding Percentage, and he was 2nd in Hits, Homeruns, Triples, and Slugging Percentage. He tied state records for Doubles in one game (4) and Extra Base Hits in one game (5). Individual honors included Birdseye Player of the Week and All County.
For his Sophomore and Junior seasons, Grant has hit a combined .375 with 29 extra base hits, 29 steals (in 31 attempts) and has committed only one error in the field.
In his two seasons as starting QB, Heyman led his team to a stellar 16-3 record.
In 2011, the team won a school record 9 games, and Grant set School Records for Passing Yardage and TD Passes in a season.
Grant averaged 9 yards per passing attempt, and 6 yards per rushing attempt, and was recognized for the 2nd straight season as 1st Team All County , and also received Monroe County Player of the Game and Player of the Week recognition.
In the New York State Large School (AA) Division, he ranked 1st in the State in Passer Rating (112), 2nd in Completion Pct. (61%) and 2nd in TD Passes (15).
As a kicker, Grant ranked 1st in New York State in total kicking points (58), 1st in PAT Pct. (95.2%), and 3rd in Field Goals (6).
However, Heyman was not done yet! The newest Hurricane commitment also played cornerback on defense, where he ranked 3rd with 4 interceptions.
But wait, that's not all! I know at this point you are probably overwhelmed with the positive facts about the newest Miami Hurricane, but hold on, it get's even better. Not only does Heyman dominate his opponents on the field but he is also a great student and an even better person off the field.
We found this on his web site: "Grant is a solid student, and continues to make community service a priority, working with youth athletics, and has completed a summer mission to help build schools in Nicaragua."
So just remember, whatever U can do, Heyman can do better!