Vols fishing in Florida

Tennessee's recruiting net just might reel in a Herring.

Ray Herring is a 5-11, 178-pound safety prospect from Melbourne, Florida. He caught 31 passes for 831 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Holy Trinity Episcopal High School, but likely will play defense in college. His 2003 stats included 149 tackles and seven interceptions.

Herring, who has a long list of offers, counts Tennessee among his top five college options.

''I like Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, Notre Dame and Florida,'' he told Ryan Jordan of TheInsiders.com. ''All of them have offered me except for Florida. I have 21 offers overall.''

Asked what he likes best about the Volunteers, Herring replied: ''I like their stadium, the atmosphere and the fans.''

He admits, however, that Florida was ''my childhood favorite team.''

Although Herring said he's looking for a quality degree, playing time is another major consideration in his search for a suitable college.

''I want to be able to play,'' he said. ''I'm also looking at the living environment on campus and in the city.''

Herring is planning to attend some college games this fall but Knoxville is not yet on his itinerary.

''I'm going to the Miami and Florida State game,'' he said. ''I'm also going to LSU and Florida. I'd like to go to Georgia Tech and Miami also if I can.''

Herring, who reportedly has a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, a 325-pound bench press, a 3.7 GPA and a 21 on the ACT, won't be making a commitment anytime soon.

''It will be after the season for sure,'' he said. ''I'll most likely take all five of my official visits as well.''

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