On Monday, that paid off in a big way.
Herro informed Scout that he opted to make an early commitment to the in-state school.
“Choosing Wisconsin was a no-brainer for me and my family,” Herro said. “First off playing in front of my family and friends in my home state is something almost every kid grows up dreaming about. My family will be able to drive an hour and a half to my home games and wherever it may be in the Midwest we're playing.”
Herro, a versatile 6-foot-4 guard out of Greenfield (Wisc.) Whitnall, reeled in a host of high major scholarship offers, but ultimately picked the Badgers over Arizona, DePaul and Marquette.
“Coach Gard and the coaching staff made me a priority ever since Gard got the job,” he said. “I have beyond a good feeling that they believe in me as much as I believe in them. The support across the state that I already have is tremendous.”
Herro is just the third recruit ranked among the top 50 players in the 2018 class to make a verbal pledge. Herro said he hadn’t planned on making an early choice, but it just felt right.
“Deciding early was never really on my mind, but I always told myself whenever I felt like it was home, I'd commit and pull the trigger,” he said.
Playing for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors in the adidas Uprising circuit, Herro showed his potential as a scorer and shot up the rankings to No. 42 overall and No. 4 at the shooting guard position.
“Coming into Wisconsin as a freshman I think I'll be able to help with whatever that may need,” he said. “Pushing guys on the during practice most importantly but also by my versatility. Coaches tell me I can play either the one, two, or three during my time at Wisconsin. I know the coaching staff will be able to push me and make me better on and off the court.”
Herro is Wisconsin’s first commitment of the 2018 class.