Day by day more college programs are paying attention to Millbrook quarterback Reid Herring. The first school to offer Herring was ECU on April 21, that same day Miami extended him an offer as well.
Herring is a fan of both schools but of the two he has only visited ECU. He made it out to Dowdy-Ficklen for ECU’s dismantling of the UNC Tar Heels. 70 points against an ACC opponent was quite a statement for ECU and Herring was impressed with his visit.
“(Offensive coordinator) Lincoln Riley and I talk about that 70 points a lot,” said the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Herring said. “It was crazy to watch and I was impressed with ECU. The atmosphere was the best part of my visit, I also got to have one-on-one conversations with the coaches for the first time.”
In addition to offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Herring spoke with head coach Ruffin McNeill and outside receivers coach Dave Nichol. The relationship between the talented signal-caller and the Pirates is growing steadily and Herring mentioned ECU will be in his recruitment for the long run.
The success of current ECU starting quarterback Shane Carden has played a factor in Herring’s interest in the Pirates.
“Carden’s success and what he is capable of doing in that offense is very appealing to me,” Herring said.
While it’s still early on in his recruitment, it’s apparent ECU has left a lasting impression on Herring. As time passes more schools will likely offer him and he mentioned the next school could be UNC Chapel Hill.
Kentucky, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and even Arkansas have expressed interest in Herring and for good reason – he threw for 2,149 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2013.
Through seven games in 2014 Herring has 9 passing touchdowns, well over 1,000 yards passing and over 100 yards rushing. He believes he improves with each game and has added another dimension to his skillset for his junior campaign.
“Schools have been impressed with my mobility lately,” said Herring. “Teams see I can run if I have to. I try to go through my progressions as best as I can and stay in the pocket, but if it’s not there I can run or throw it away.”