After piling up scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools in less than two months, Savion Herring wrapped up his whirlwind recruitment this week by traveling to Tennessee for his fifth and final official visit. He returned home Thursday knowing that he would be joining the Vols in a matter of days.
The sophomore offensive lineman from Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY, announced Thursday afternoon that he has committed to Tennessee, giving the Vols a late addition to their 2022 recruiting class. He also took official visits to Kansas, Syracuse, USF and Middle Tennessee before picking Tennessee over Kansas, choosing to continue his college career in the SEC.
Kentucky, South Carolina and Nebraska were among the other teams that showed interest in the 6-foot-4.5, 325-pound Herring, who has also received offers from Missouri, Iowa State, Connecticut, Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Buffalo, Temple and Old Dominion since March.
Herring said he plans to return to Tennessee in time to begin first-session summer classes next week. Before publicly announcing his decision, he told GoVols247 that he was sold on the idea of playing for the Vols largely because of the coach Josh Heupel‘s staff.
“The coaches, they really feel like family,” Herring said. “I talked to the (current players), and the guys said,‘ Pretty much, what you see is really what you get, ’and they said that’s not even a lie and that’s not BS. They’re just straight-shooting it. “
Herring said he will have three years to play at least two remaining seasons of eligibility. He said he’s currently petitioning for his 2019 season at Iowa Central Community College in Dodge City, Iowa, to count as a redshirt year, which could give him three remaining seasons of eligibility.
He appeared in five games last season at Monroe College, where he transferred after spending just one semester at Iowa Central. Monroe did not compete during the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A former Irvington (NJ) High School standout, Herring committed to Cincinnati in June 2018 going into his senior year of high school, but academics forced him to go the junior-college route.
Herring said nothing about his official visit to Tennessee was “too surprising, but the facilities are really nice.” His decision, though, was more about the people he encountered there, including offensive line coach Glen Elarbee and other members of the Vols’ staff.
“Everybody that’s on the staff – assistant, (graduate assistants) or anything like that in that manner – everybody’s just been really great,” Herring said. “They definitely have something special cooking up, so this season will be exciting to see.
“Everything checked out exactly how I thought. And then for me, just visiting an SEC school, they’re all pretty much the same. It’s really the people that make the difference, and that was pretty good. “
Tennessee’s coaches have told Herring that he’ll have an opportunity to compete for early playing time on the Vols’ offensive line.
“They said there are some positions that’s not lock on officially, so he said there are some jobs up for grabs,” he said. ((Elarbee) said it ain’t going to be easy, but I have to compete, and I said I’m with that. “
Herring said Tennessee has discussed potentially playing him at guard. But the Wals were impressed by his length, which he said could allow him to get a look at the tackle.
“I mean, when they were doing the measurables on me, as far as height, weight and arm length, they were surprised,” he said. ‘My arms were 85 inches, so they’re like,’ You’ve got the potential to play guard and tackle regardless of, like, the height difference because your arms are extremely long. ‘ He said he could put me some different places and see.
“It’s like 50-50. They don’t really know (my position) yet. “
One of Herring’s friends, Tennessee senior linebacker Juwan Mitchell, served as his player host during his official visit to Knoxville, which started Tuesday morning. Herring said he also spent time with Vols senior offensive lineman Jerome Carvin.
“He was just giving me some more feedback on pretty much how things would be when I get there,” Herring said, recalling his conversations with Carvin. “He said if you work hard and you’re about the team, and you’ll be focused and you stay true to yourself and everything like that, you’re going to be all right.”
With his fast-moving recruitment now behind him, he said he’s looking forward to returning to Tennessee soon to officially get started with the Vols.
“I’ll be enrolling next week,” Herring said. “The ball will get rolling super, super fast.”