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Schnider Herard Visits Mississippi State class of 2016 4-star recruit Schnider Herard of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX) officially visited Mississippi State this past weekend.

Visiting with Herard was his guardian Derrick Shelby. He pointed out things that Herard enjoyed about the visit.

"I know he enjoyed the trip. It seems to me that he liked the people," said Shelby. "He got the chance to hang out with some of the kids on the team. His player host was (true freshman) Aric Holman. He felt like he was a pretty cool guy. He enjoyed going to the football game and seeing the atmosphere. He met a lot of people and went to a lot of meetings. He is just enjoying the process."

Like Herard, Shelby also came away impressed with the people at the university.

"I liked the coaching staff," said Shelby. "They have had a lot of success with Coach (Ben) Howland when he was at UCLA. They have coached in several Final Fours. As for the players, I didn't interact with a lot of them but from being in the gym with them they seem to be a pretty cool group.. They seemed to like each other a lot and have a good time together." 

Two coaches that Herard already knew well coming into the visit are Ernie Zeigler and Howland.

"He is being recruited by Ernie Zeigler and Ben Howland," said Shelby. "He feels like they are nice guys."

Mississippi State is his first official visit. He will take all five official visits.

"He has set up his visits," said Shelby. "He has  visits with Texas Tech September 25th through the 27th, Purdue October 2nd through the 4th, Kansas October 9th through the 11th, and Cal October 30th through November 1st."

According to Shelby, Herard wants to sign in the early signing period in November.

"He has told me that he wants to decide in November," said Shelby. "So I'm assuming that after his last visit he'll sit down and think about everything, weigh out the pros and cons, ask a few questions then tell me what he would like to do."

Herard has specific criteria that he is looking for in a college.

"From an academic standpoint, college is college," said Shelby. "He told me he felt like he would never have the chance to go to college growing up in the country of Haiti. He said he is blessed to have the chance to choose where he wants to go. He is excited about that. He hasn't decided what he wants to study yet but he will sometime in the near future.

"Athletically, Schnider is looking for a place where he can go and play right away. He has to be able to contribute from day 1 and have someone who can develop him and make him a better player."

Whichever college he signs with will be getting a player with a college-ready body and college athleticism.

"He is 6-foot-10.5, 260 pounds with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and a 9-foot-1 standing reach," said Shelby. "And he has a next level body already."

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