Learning from Big Brother

With his brother Warren having gone through the wide range of the recruiting process, having committed, de-committed, committed somewhere else and graduate early, Belleville East (Ill) High running back Ryan Herring is using that information to find his right school.

MADISON - Running back Ryan Herring knows what to expect once the recruiting process goes in to full gear.

Ryan's brother is Warren Herring, a current freshman defensive end for the Badgers, and so Ryan is ready for anything that comes his way in terms of recruiting.

Ryan, who is currently focused on helping his team do well in the postseason, had a hard working off season being in the weight room had motivation for the effort as his family are the ones that kept him focused on getting better.

"I worked on my overall speed and vision as well as my coverage on defense since I play sometimes as defensive back," Herring told Badger Nation.

Coming off a 600-yard rushing season last year while winning all-conference and all-city awards, Herring is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard plus playoff games and has his eyes on a couple of schools as possible choices for commitment.

"I'm looking at Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky," said Herring. "I'm also thinking maybe coming to Wisconsin and earning an offer."

Herring has made visits to those three schools as well as Central Missouri, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois and Eastern Kentucky.

Herring isn't worried about not receiving an official offer yet as he is confident in his abilities and skills. Herring knows that a school will eventually notice his talents.

"I'm a powerful back that has great speed, vision, and quickness," said Herring. "Incorporate that in to one player, which is me."

In the beginning, Wisconsin recruited him heavily and he feels while that has died down, he still feels he is on their radar. Herring has been receiving some type of communication in the mail from them.

"The running backs have the same style I do," he said. "They have a great school and a great coaching staff which I got to meet during my brother's recruitment."

While Herring didn't receive any verbal advice from his brother on how to handle the recruiting process, he knows the expectations he will have to hold each school. Also, Herring will know how to handle each step of his process to committing to a school.

"I saw first hand what he went through at Wisconsin as I was there for everything," said Herring.

Herring also understands what he needs to do to be an upstanding teammate and how to be a good role model for future teammates.

"I need to be a student-athlete by obtaining good grades in the classroom and volunteering in the community, which I do currently while excelling my best on the football field," said Herring.

Plans for the upcoming months for Herring include concentrating on the playoffs and trying to get in to a school while keeping his grades up at a steady level. Herring plans to make a decision by February at the latest if not sooner.

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