A Florida offer would be “huge” for Herring

Last Saturday the Florida Gators beat Colorado State in front of several key recruits for them in the 2020 class that the coaching staff has been recruiting hard.

2020 offensive lineman Zane Herring (6-5, 300, Madison, FL. Madison County) was in attendance and liked the atmosphere and the opportunity to be in the Swamp.

“I love the atmosphere here in the Swamp,” Herring said. “It has just been a dream to be in the Swamp and just to come to a game. Then being able to actually have a chance to come play here would be crazy. In the fourth quarter whenever they play the Tom Petty song, that gives me chills every time.”

Herring started out a little worried about the Gators chances on Saturday but that quickly changed despite the hot weather in the Swamp.

“At first I thought we were going to struggle the whole time, couldn’t find the endzone,” Herring said on his thoughts on Florida’s game against Colorado State. “Then it started clicking for us, I don’t know how they did it with hot it was. I was pouring sweat but after halftime they just came in and kept plugging.”

While watching the game, Herring noticed how well the Gators played in all three phases of the game against Colorado State.

“Definitely the special teams,” he said on what stood out to him about the game. “Then defense held up pretty good for the offense when the offense was struggling.”

Herring has watched offensive line coach John Hevesy in practice and now in a game and he believes the offensive line will improve under Hevesy.

“I think it’s just going to take time for them to get it clicking,” Herring said on his thoughts of the offensive line play. “Later on during the season I think it will start to click a little bit more and they will be able to beat everybody that’s in front of them.”

The Gators haven’t yet offered Herring but he says Hevesy has been talking to him about a potential offer down the road.

“Last time I came he was talking about an offer but that didn’t happen yet,” he said on Florida talking about an offer to him. “Which I mean I’m fine with it because I’m just worried about our season and I’m not worried about it but he has been talking to me about it. He says I just have to get a little bit stronger and get my footwork right.”

If the Gators were to offer, Herring says they would be at the top of his recruitment but besides that he isn’t sure what would happen if Florida offered.

“That one would be a huge one for me,” Herring said on what an offer from Florida would mean to him. “I don’t know what I would do, I don’t know if I would shut down my recruitment or what but it would be big for me. I’ll be posting it on every social media account I have. I would be in shock.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Herring says he plans to visit Tennessee this weekend for the Florida game and also plans to visit Clemson this fall. Herring says he plans to be back in Gainesville for the LSU game as well.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.