Three-star offensive lineman Zane Herring grew up a Florida Gator fan, but after his commitment to Florida State last week, he has a different view of the Gators now.
“I grew up a Florida Gator fan, so being able to beat Florida’s butt every year in November would be pretty special,” Herring said.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Madison (Madison County) committed to Florida State on March 16 over offers from Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and others.
1010XL caught up with Herring to talk about why he chose the Seminoles.
“I already knew that Florida State was going to be the place for me to go,” Herring said. “I was just going to make my decision in June after taking a few more visits, but after that last visit to Florida State, I knew for a fact I was making the right decision.
“I thought I might as well go ahead and make it official and go ahead and start recruiting to help make us the best class to come through.”
Florida State head coach Willie Taggart played a major role in Herring’s commitment.
“Most of my family is Florida State fans and I started becoming more of a Florida State fan as soon as Coach Taggart got there,” Herring said. “He’s a great guy and the realist coach I know. When you talk with Coach Taggart you know it’s going to be strictly business and he gets straight to the point.
“He told me that he wanted me and what’s better than being wanted, especially by somebody like Coach Taggart.”
Herring wants Florida State fans to know they shouldn’t be fooled by his three-star status.
“I definitely encourage people to watch my film because I feel I have been underrated a little,” he said. “I’m not trying to gloat or anything, but I feel I play a real physical game and I love to finish.
“I get compliments from all sorts of college coaches telling me they love the nastiness that I play with and the high competitive spirit that I have. I just want to drive somebody into the ground every single play and I want to beat the guy in front of me.”
Herring was asked if his current three-star status motivates him.
“It does and it doesn’t,” Herring said. “When people say, ‘well he’s not that good because he’s only a three-star,’ I know I’m a good football player and I know I give my best on every single play.”
Finally, Herring had this message for the Florida State fan base.
“With me being committed to Florida State, I’m 110 percent shut down and committed,” Herring said. “I’ll being recruiting guys like crazy and I’ll be over there a bunch trying to help out.”
With Herring, Florida State now has seven commitments for its 2020 recruiting class. Herring is the first offensive lineman committed to the class.
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