Eyes on the Camp Prize

With a busy camp schedule squarely in his sights, Belleville East athlete Ryan Herring is ready to impress the scouts and earn his first scholarship offer.

MADISON – In late May of his junior year, Ryan Herring has no idea where he'll end up come Fall 2012.

The Belleville East (Ill.) athlete is considering Wisconsin among 12 schools, in large part because his older brother, Warren, is a part of the Badgers' 2010 class.

While he has yet to receive a scholarship offer from any school, Ryan Herring should have a better idea after June.

Next month, he will attend five camps – at Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois – where he will look to impress scouts enough for them to extend him an offer.

"I'll look to participate to the best of my ability and get looked at, and get a lot of looks" said Ryan Herring, who told Badger Nation he has also drawn interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, Eastern Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati.

The 5-foot-8, 191-pound Ryan Herring is used as both a running back and defensive back at Belleville East, and he believes he has a lot to offer at both positions.

"I do have good vision and speed as a running back," said Herring, who registered three interceptions and three sacks during his junior campaign and logged 500 rushing yards his last five games.

"I'm seen as a leader on the field. I help my team out a lot in my game play. I'm a tough runner on the offensive side of the ball, and I can hit hard on the defensive side."

Warren Herring, who orally committed to the Badgers last summer, graduated in December and enrolled early at Wisconsin. Ryan Herring knows if he follows in his brother's footsteps, he'll have a familiar face waiting for him on the team.

"I really don't have any (top choices) right now," Herring said. "Wisconsin is one of my top choices, though. I know when I go there, I'll have somebody there for me."

While the Badgers' football program is what initially impressed Herring, he soon became intrigued by Wisconsin's academics as well. "When my brother, Warren, got recruited, me, my dad and my brother, we all sat down and we looked on the (Wisconsin) website and things like that," Herring said. "We just looked at their academics compared to other schools, and they were ranked very high. The things that Warren was interested in majoring in, they had all the things that he needed, and the athletics was one of the top in the nation that we've seen. I'm very interested in their school also."

When he does finally decide where he'll play college football, Herring knows his family will have played a large role in helping him choose.

"My family, first and foremost, my family has been the staple part of my recruiting process," Herring said. "They let me know what would happen, why they are happening and things like that. They help me pick out my choices academically and things like that."

Herring hopes to make a school choice by the end of the summer.

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