Florida Safety Should Be Hot Prospect

Melbourne, FL is home to Ray Herring. The 5-11, 190-pound defensive back has received a lot of attention from many of the top schools in the country. Is he interested in the Irish?

Ray Herring had a very impressive junior season. "I played both wide receiver and strong safety," Herring said. "On offense I had 831 yards, 12 touchdowns on 31 receptions. On defense I recorded 149 tackles, 4 sacks and 7 interceptions."

Defense is where Herring is hoping to land in college. "I just like defense better. I love to hit."

The mail is coming in heavy chunks for Herring. "I don't have any offers yet. Nebraska, Miami, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Florida State, Michigan, Georgia, Alabama, Iowa, UCF, Indiana and Texas A&M are sending me mail."

The Irish haven't contacted Herring yet, but that should change soon. "I talked to their recruiting coordinator there. He said they would probably be offering me sometime in the spring. He said I had to be cleared through their admissions first. I think they'll start recruiting me hard now."

Is he interested in Notre Dame? "Oh yes, I love the academics there. They are one of my top choices."

Herring is also qualified at this point. "I have around a 3.5. I took the SAT. I scored an 840 but I'll be taking that again soon."

An early decision is not likely according to Ray. "I plan to take all my visits. I won't decide until late probably. Distance doesn't matter to me. I'll go anywhere."

Herring also plans to camp a few places this summer. "I know I'll go to the Florida and Miami camp. I haven't decided on any others at this point."

What will be important to Ray when he makes his decision? "Academics will be important. I guess the lifestyle and environment will be important. I'll also look at the tradition of the school."

Does Herring have some early favorites? "Yeah, I'd say Florida, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska and Ohio State."

Comments: Herring seems pretty interested in the Irish. I assume he called Notre Dame because they can't call him. That is a good sign for the Irish. We'll keep and eye on him and see if the interest from the Irish starts to pick up.

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