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It's not often that a 1A school produces a high quality Division 1 football player in this state. Melbourne (Fla.) Holy Trinity certainly will this year. Running back/defensive back Ray Herring has been a four-year starter and was ready for a huge senior season. Unfortunately, things have been slow getting started due to the Hurricane season.

"I've actually only played in one game so far," Herring said. "I had one pick on defense and 96 yards plus one (receiving) touchdown. I'm just trying to do my thing out there, helping my team win some games and stay on track."

Herring, 5-11 and 190 pounds, projects as a strong safety at the college level. He's shooting for high goals this season.

"The state record is 14 and I think I can get 15," he said before I explained to him that teams aren't going to throw the ball his way too much.

"That's true, as I found out in that first game," he said. "I just have to cover the whole field whenever I need to get a pick."

Herring, a full academic qualifier, has been getting lots of attention on the recruiting front.

"I actually have two of my visits set up," he said. "I'm going to Notre Dame on the 3rd of December and then Georgia Tech on the 10th. I'm also in the process of making one to Tennessee. That's three there. I'm still not sure about the other two."

Herring says four other major programs have been calling him at home and he's considering them for his other visits.

"Ole Miss, Maryland, Miami, and Pittsburgh have been calling," he said. "FSU and Florida haven't been calling."

Herring, who camped at UM over the summer, talked about the Hurricanes.

"Coach Mark said they're being real picky about their scholarships this year," he said. "I haven't gotten one from them yet. But he told me that he wouldn't be wasting his time calling and talking to me if they weren't interested. They don't call just anyone during the week in between games."

The talented defender said he's been very impressed the way the Hurricanes have been playing defense so far this season.

"They've been doing their thing," he said. "They've been playing great on defense."

Unfortunately for Miami, Herring thinks the Canes may have too much depth in the secondary.

"They're a little crowded right now," he said. "If you want to play early there you better be an All-American coming in because that's pretty much the only guys they bring in. You better be pretty raw if you want to play as a freshman."

So might that have an effect on Herring's interest level in UM?

"I'm not sure about that situation right now," he said. "I might take a visit there or I might not. I don't really have any favorites yet. That's what my visits are for to figure out."

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