Belleville East athlete Ryan Herring, younger brother of 2010 UW recruit Warren Herring, didn't know much about Wisconsin growing up and didn't start hearing about the Badgers until Defensive Coordinator Dave Doeren started recruiting Warren. From that point on, Doeren also became intrigued by Ryan's talented abilities.
"When Warren was looking at them and comparing them to other colleges, Wisconsin was ranked quite high academically and athletically, they are a really good team," Herring told Badger Nation Monday. "It's a school that has good people around it."
Attending Wisconsin's Junior Day this past weekend, Herring (5-foot-8, 170 pounds, 4.4 40-yard dash) joined Minnesota linebacker Peter Westerhaus, Michigan receiver Taiwan Jones and over 40 in-state players that got to see firsthand what recruits like Warren are benefiting from at the University of Wisconsin.
"We started around 10 o'clock by watching the players workout in the indoor facility," Herring said. "Coach Alvarez and Coach Bielema talked to us about the recruiting process and how to get prepared for it. After they got done, Coach Herbert, the weightlifting coach, talked about the nutrition, showed us some things that they have, including some dairy products they made on campus, which I thought was a really cool fact. He also showed s the weight room, which is a really nice weight room and a good place to work out."
Ryan also got to spend time touring the campus and talking with Warren about what he had experienced since enrolling with the team in January.
"He really loves it up there," Herring said of his brother. "The players welcomed him right away like a family member. He doesn't live too far away from campus and everything is right there for him and there are a lot of places for him to eat. He really loves it."
Although he doesn't have any offers, Herring has been getting legitimate interest from a number of BCS schools, as Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri and Northern Illinois have all been in contact with him. Herring attended Northern Illinois' Junior Day on Sunday and is planning on going to one-day camps at a number of interested schools.
Starting at both running back (500 yards and six touchdowns in the last five games of the season) and defensive back (roughly 40 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks) for East, Herring is being recruited on both sides of the football and does not have a preference to what position he wants to play in college.
"Wherever I get the opportunity," Herring said. "I'll go wherever is the best fit."
That opportunity could be at Wisconsin, as the chance to play college football with his brother is something hard to pass up.
"I would love to play with my brother," Herring said. "I know that I would have him there, and I would be way more comfortable knowing that he is there with me and knowing that he went though the process. He'll be giving me a heads up to what is going on. I also might want to go my own way. It's early though, so we'll see."