Herald Talks About His Commitment

It wasn't a very hard decision for safety Dominique Herald of The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ when it came down to picking a school. Deep down he knew he would eventually end up in College Park.

"Ever since they offered me," he said. "It was a new thing for me – a college offering me a scholarship. That's why I didn't go to any camps. I got invited to all the camps and I didn't go because I kind of already had my mind made up on where I wanted to go."

Maryland was the first school to offer the 6-foot, 180-pound safety with 4.55 speed and the early attention they showed paid off with the commitment.

"They were the first school to show a lot of interest in me from the beginning," he said. "They were the first school to offer me. All the coaches, not just coach Donovan who recruited me, but all the coaches showed a lot of interest in me like they wanted me there whenever I visited."

"There was really no reason for me not to commit [to Maryland]. It's like the perfect school for me. It's not too far and it's not too close. If my mom or anyone wanted to come see me play they could be there in two and a half hours. [I liked] the environment, the campus. The campus is amazing, oh my God. The campus is good. I went to one of the basketball games and the arena was crazy."

Herald said some of the other schools he was hearing from included Penn State, Virginia, Boston College, Tennessee, and Rutgers. With his college decision now out of the way, he says he can focus on working out and his grades.

"I'm just working out, lifting and running and taking an SAT course to get my SAT score higher," he said." The Maryland coaches want it at 900. I have an 870 right now but to qualify I only need an 850. [My goals are] to have As and Bs and to have an undefeated season and get stronger, faster and do what I have to do on the football field."

Herald plays both quarterback and safety in high school and will come to Maryland as a safety. On video, he hits like a truck and loves to lay the lumber on ball carriers.

"On offense I'm kind of laid back because I'm a quarterback I guess," he said. "But once I'm on defense I'm like an animal. I feel like I can't be stopped on defense. I feel like nothing can get past me."

Herald could be a redshirt candidate when he arrives in college as he doesn't quite yet have the ideal size for a safety.

"I haven't heard much about that from the coaches but I think I might redshirt because as you know I'm only 180 pounds and I'm not really too big but if you didn't know how big I was you'd probably think I was bigger but I might redshirt. I'm also young for my class. I just turned 17."

Herald is the fifth overall commitment for Maryland this year and the third from New Jersey, joining offensive linemen Bearthur Johnson and Joe Faiella.

"I feel relieved," said Herald. "A lot of coaches contacted me daily and wanted me to come to their camps, they wanted me to do this and they wanted me to do that. And now that it's all over I just feel relieved. I can just work out and focus on Maryland."

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