With Marc Tyler announcing for the USC Trojans last week, the Irish coaching staff will need to extend a couple more offers to running backs. Boom Herron (5-foot-10, 190-pounds) is a candidate after a strong showing at the Notre Dame football camp.
"I've got a lot of interest in Notre Dame," Herron responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I actually went to the Notre Dame-Tennessee game last year. I talk to the coach that's recruiting me, coach Ianello. I get text messages, I got a phone call from them in May, and I get a lot of letters from them."
During May coach Ianello asked Herron to make another trip to South Bend so the Irish coaches could get an up-close look at him.
"I was down there Thursday for the camp," Herron explained. "I wanted to get an offer from Notre Dame so that's why I came up there. They really wanted to see me. I was hoping to give them a good look and they pretty much know everything about me from my highlight tape and my film. Hopefully I get an offer.
"They wanted me to get down to camp and I worked out for the running backs coach (Michael Haywood). After it he said, 'You're pretty good.' I hope I gave him a good look."
Herron believes he gave the Irish coaches his best last week. He also believes the Notre Dame coaches showed him a great deal of hospitality.
"I think with Notre Dame being my first visit, that they're the top school on my list right now," Herron said. "I had a really nice visit and they treated me real nice. Coach Ianello took me around in the golf cart and showed me the campus… they did everything. It was real cool.
"They thanked me for coming up and they told me that they were going to be in touch with me soon. Hopefully I'll be getting a phone call. Hopefully I have an offer on the way."
At the this time Herron has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Akron, Cincinnati, Purdue and Michigan State. His appearance at the Irish camp is evidence that he'd like to expand on his offer list.
"Right now all my options are open because it's still early for me," Herron said. "I want to take some visits during the season, and I'm going to be attending three more camps. I'm going to Michigan. I go to Ohio State Friday, and then I go to Penn State the following week.
As a junior, Herron rushed for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns.