2016 center Schnider Herard verbally committed to Mississippi State, he told Scout.
“The reason why I chose the school was first of all when I went there for a visit everything I saw was pretty good,” Herard said.
“The second thing is I’m going to play right away because the only big they have is a senior, so he’s going to leave next year. It’s basically going to be my team and I’ll play for sure.”
Herard, of Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian, took his official to Mississippi State the weekend of September 12th.
“Everything was good about it,” he said about his visit to MSU’s campus. “Those guys really took care of me. I felt like I was home. They showed me that they really wanted me. They really took care of me when I went there.”
The 6-foot-10, 260-pound big man chose the Bulldogs over Kansas, Purdue and Texas Tech. He took official visits to all four schools involved in his recruitment.
“Being brought in as a freshman to go to a program and get to play right away and starting the games, you don’t really get that at many other schools,” Herard said.
Herard also cited Ben Howland’s track record as one of the reasons Mississippi State is enticing to him.
“He’s proven what he can do,” Herard said about the Mississippi State coach. “He’s been to the NCAA tournament and has guys in the league. Everyone knows he’s a great coach.”
Herard is Mississippi State’s fourth four-star prospect in the 2016 class, which moves the Bulldogs up to No. 5 overall in Scout's recruiting class rankings.
Herard joins No. 70 Lamar Peters, No. 78 Tyson Carter and guard Eli Wright to make up their current class. MSU is still heavily involved with Mario Kegler, De’Ron Davis and Abdul Ado.
A bruising, sturdy post player, Herard is ranked No. 39 overall and No. 8 at the center position.