Mo. LB Scherer earns some big offers

It's official: Mary Institute And Saint Louis (St. Louis, Mo.) linebacker Michael Scherer's recruitment has blown up. The three-star middle linebacker has seen offer list nearly double in the past few weeks, with schools like USC, Alabama, and Wisconsin throwing their names into the ring.

Last weekend, however, Scherer took a brief break from the nonstop action of the spring evaluation period to visit Stanford. It was Scherer's second visit to the Farm, his first since participating in a camp last summer.

When reached by The Bootleg at his Missouri home, Scherer had high praise for the visit.

"It was really fun, it was probably one of the best trips I've ever been on in my life," Scherer said. "All the kids were great. I finally got to meet all of the coaches, got to hang out up there. It was a really good visit."

Scherer, whose brother, Dan, is a freshman on Stanford's wrestling team, visited campus for the better part of four days. While he obviously spent a good chunk of that time with his brother, Scherer also got a taste of the Stanford football experience.

"I stayed the night on Thursday and Friday with [freshman fullback] Lee Ward, he's also from St. Louis, so I knew him, and he was great to me," Scherer said. "He's a great guy and made it really fun. I got to meet almost everybody on the team. I was around the workouts, I ate breakfast with all of them one morning. I sat down with Andrew Luck and had breakfast and we were talking."

While that was all time well spent, meeting with potential future position coach and Cardinal co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver allowed Scherer a glimpse into his on-field Cardinal future.

"I definitely spent the majority of the time with Coach Tarver," Scherer said. "We probably spent almost all of Thursday and Friday together. He's a great guy who knows a whole lot about football. We sat down and talked football and he showed me what he does and how he saw me fitting in. It was really great getting to meet him and talk to him."

Before heading home, Scherer, who reports a 3.3 GPA, had a chance to sit down with Mike Eubanks to discuss Stanford's admissions process.

‘I did sit down with [Mike] Eubanks and we talked about the whole admissions process and I'm very blessed, my parents work hard, and I go to a very good school so it shouldn't that big of a problem for me to meet the standards [at Stanford]," Scherer said. "My test scores are where they need to be. They said to take it one more time to show that you care about getting your scores up, but they definitely think I'll be fine."

Prior to visiting Stanford, Scherer listed the Cardinal among his favorites, but behind the home-state team Missouri, and on equal footing with schools like Iowa and Michigan State. While Scherer isn't quite ready to officially rework his leaderboard, he admits his trip to Palo Alto gave him plenty to think about, and was a far superior experience to his last Stanford visit.

"It definitely changed a lot of things," Scherer said. "Before when I [visited Stanford for their summer camp], I didn't really get to stay very long. I had gotten hurt at the camp, which made things a little worse, there was no one there, none of the kids there. I didn't get to meet a lot of the players or be around a whole lot of the coaches and the coaches didn't really know a whole lot about me then, either.

"It was a totally different experience [this time]. I enjoyed every minute of it, it was fun, all the coaches are great, I finally got to meet all of them. It definitely changed a lot for me because before I was a little bit in the dark about everything at Stanford. I still liked it a whole lot and my brother goes there and he loves it but I didn't know a whole lot about it."

With the Stanford visit past, Scherer will now shift his focus to narrowing down his list of schools. When that time comes, the Cardinal will likely make the cut.

"That's something that I actually just got finished talking with my dad about," Scherer said. "As of right now, I don't have a set list of favorites but that will be coming soon. I will definitely be doing that soon but I will say that Stanford's very, very high up on that list and it'd be fun to go there and I really like it a whole lot."

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