Now, he's closing in on becoming a Tuscaloosa regular. He was back in town Monday to meet with the staff he'll soon play under.
"It was awesome, really enjoyed it," he said. "Got to meet a lot of coaches and have a lot of fun. Everything is still a go, I still have a preferred walk-on spot. I will be reporting to camp in May."
Spending time with Mario Cristobal, Billy Napier, Lane Kiffin and Jody Wright while in town, Hereford was provided with some advice for the next two months before his college career begins.
"They say I need to run a lot and stay in great shape as well. Just keep working hard," he said.
The Mountain Brook, Alabama native was able to sit in on a pair of positional meetings while in town, too. It reemphasized what many of the coaches had talked to him about.
It was an example of what playing for UA could be like.
"The discipline of the players stood out," Hereford said. "No chit chat. Just focus."