Along with Alan Branch (see report below), another big man to visit Michigan this weekend was Fremont (Los Angeles) DL/OL Thomas Herring (USC Nike Camp stats - 6-6, 290 lbs, 4.8 in the 40, 3.5 GPA, 820 SAT). Michigan was Herring's first official visit, and things were better than expected. "The weather wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," Herring said. "It was a great atmosphere and a great experience. I have a little bit of a cold so one of the coaches let me borrow a jacket."
Herring caught the red-eye late-late Friday night to Detroit and was on the go from the start. "I got in about 6:00 and showered and chilled for a bit, then ate breakfast," he said. "Then we got ready for the game. I was amazed at the people that turned out for the game, all the tailgaters. People tailgate for the USC games but nothing like that. One thing I liked that they did in the stadium was when the fans did the wave."
The question everyone wants to know, did he commit? "No, I'm going to take all my visits first. I'll probably go to Miami, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and USC before I decide," Herring said.
Herring had some friends along for the visit. Pomona DB Keston Cheathem and DL/LB Eugene Germany were also visiting U-M this weekend, and the three have been friends since childhood. "My mom is from Pomona and I've know the Pomona guys most of my life," he said. "We talked about going to school together. I don't know if either of them committed."
Herring's host was Pierre Woods.
"The game was exciting. Seeing that many people in the stadium was real nice," Herring said. "The game was something else. Michigan football is just crazy, defnitely a very nice place.
"When I got there and changed, we talked to the coaches and the academic advisors," Herring said. "We watched the warm-ups, then enjoyed a good game. The defense was definitely taking care of business. I got a chance to look at the facilities and they were nice."
When Herring spoke with GBW before the visit he expressed some reservations about leaving California. After the visit he said, "I don't think I'll have a problem leaving now. The trip was better than I expected and I think things would be okay if I left."
Herring said he had been invited to both the U.S. Army All-Star game as well as the CaliFlorida game. "I'm going to play in the CaliFlorida game," he said. "I'm going to make my decision after I take all my visits, but I'm not sure if I'll announce at the all-star game."
Herring: "The weather wasn't as bad as I thought."
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