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Highlights of Brandon Heyward

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Highlights of Brandon Winton

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If University of Arkansas defensive back signing Anthony Brown and Jaylen Lewis are successful, sophomore cornerbacks Brandon Heyward and Brandon Winton would join them at Fayetteville in a few years.

The Hogs offered scholarships to the two talented prospects on Saturday. Heyward and Winton played for the same 7-7 schedule as Brown and Lewis.

Brown warned Heyward of Arkansas’ interest.

“Anthony is my guy,” Heyward said. “He was telling me a few days before … ‘Little brother, you are about to receive this offer from Arkansas.’ They’re about to follow you on Twitter. He was getting ready for it. “

Heyward, 6-0, 170 pounds, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, also has offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Kentucky Michigan State, Boston College, Marshall and Pittsburgh.

He recalled his reaction to the Arkansas offer.

“I just started screaming with praise,” Hayward said. “I was happy. Arkansas is like my biggest right now. I was extremely happy and blessed to have this offer.”

Heyward recorded 50 catches for 687 yards, 7 touchdowns and 31 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, one fumble recovered and 2 pass breakages for the Class 5A Wildcats last season.

Brown, who signed with the Hogs on offers from Oregon, Michigan State, Virginia, Duke and others, praised Heyward and Winton.

“They are both athletic and have a doggy mentality,” said Milan’s Brown, Tenn. “They separate themselves from every room they walk into. They stand out for their youth. They behave very well and have a work ethic that is unmatched. They both have bright futures wherever they land. go-getters. “

Winton, 6-1, 185, of Knoxville, Tenn. Webb School of Knoxville, Tenn., Has offerings from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Boston College, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and Eastern Kentucky.

He said Brown and Lewis don’t hesitate to recruit Winton from Fayetteville.

“They’re already trying to get me up there,” Winton said. “They say the fans are super crazy. They’re going to love you when you’re there.”

Winton, who started as a freshman for the Spartans, is also an outstanding basketball prospect with early offers from South Carolina and Howard. Being teammates with Brown and Lewis in college would be appealing to Winton.

“I have chemistry with these guys,” said Winton, who has a GPA of 3.5. “I have a feeling that if that were to happen, it would be perfectly fine.”

Heyward and Winton said they were looking to take summer trips to Fayetteville.

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