OL Has UM in Top 2

At 6-foot-6 1/2 and 290 pounds, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont standout offensive/defensive lineman Thomas Herring has spent the last few months getting ready for what he hopes will be a successful senior season.

"Man, I want it more than anything," Herring said. "I want to do whatever I can to help my team be successful. I didn't go to any football camps for me because I wanted to stay here and work out with my teammates."

Herring, who received a qualifying SAT score recently, has spent a good part of the summer inside the weightroom.

"This is actually my first year lifting," he said, "so I was able to get a lot accomplished at first. I've been working really hard, doing all the little things that can help. My max [on the bench press] right now is 325 so I'm getting there."

Herring, who is being recruited by major college programs on both sides of the ball, now has 13 scholarship offers.

"I got 13 offers now but I have a top seven," he said. "Those seven are pretty much the ones I'll be focusing on. They are Miami, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, SC, UCLA, and Florida State. My top two, though, are Miami and SC."

Herring, who has scholarship offers from all seven of his favorites, spoke to the UM coaches in the spring and received heavy interest.

"Their offensive coordinator, [Rob Chudzinski], came to my school in the spring and then I talked to the coaches on the phone," he said. "They have kept in contact all through the summer."

The talented two-way lineman talked more about his interest in the Hurricanes.

"The thing is, it's Miami," he said. "I mean just look at what they've done lately. They know how to do it. I could see myself there someday. We've talked about playing all three positions there and I think they might be thinking more offense right now."

Herring said he has no real preference.

"It's not a big deal to me where I play, as long as I play," he said. "Defense wins championships though and I wouldn't mind starting out as a defensive end."

It appears the Hurricanes will be in a heated recruiting battle with Southern Cal this year for the standout lineman.

"I like SC because of the coaches and I like their style," he said. "The thing people always ask is about leaving or not. It won't matter to me. Most kids stay because they're not used to being away from home like that. I've been traveling for basketball since I was nine or 10 years old and it didn't phase me at all being away from home. I've been to Orlando, places like that."

Herring plans on making a return trip to Florida in the near future.

"Miami will definitely be one of my official visits," he said. "I'll be coming there for a visit. I can't wait, meet the coaches and players and stuff. The closest I've been is Orlando."

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