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Can Madison County Send Another Player to Tallahassee?

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The Florida State Football Program under Head Coach Willie Taggart by any means has not been shy on the recruiting trail since him and his staff took over in early December. Everyone that follows FSU football witnessed the heralded turn around that took the ‘Noles 2018 recruiting class from the mid-60’s to eventually finish 11th in 247’s Team Composite Rankings, along with the head start on next year’s recruiting cycle.

Currently, the Seminole’s 2019 class stands as the 4th best-recruiting class in the nation behind only Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. Although as expected, not much as been said about their 2020 recruiting class which holds 2 commitments from 4 star ATH Jadarius McKnight and OLB Keyshawn Greene.

Going into the week of the 2018 NFL Draft FSU’s DC Harlon Barnett hit the recruiting trail and stopped by local Madison County High School to check in on 2019 DB pledge Travis Jay. In the midst of doing so, Jay’s teammate and now FSU OL target Zane Herring landed his first Power 5 offer from FSU after being previously offered by Tulane and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The 6-foot-5 300- pound 2020 Offensive Tackle out of Madison County High School hit the recruiting scene following an impressive showing at the UA All American Camp in Orlando and described his performance when talking to NoleGameday by saying “ I did WAY better than I expected. Not to gloat or anything but I definitely believe I was top three of however many OL were out there.”

Despite having already been recruited by several smaller schools in Florida and Georgia, Herring holds 3 division 1 offers from UAB, Tulane, and Florida State being the only Power 5.
The Madison native currently has plans to visit Auburn sometime in June but also has intentions of meeting OL Coach Greg Frey and the new staff sometime in the near future.
The 6’5 rising junior shows promising traits as a tackle that projects well at the next level. Herring is very aggressive at the point of attack, shows excellent hand technique, and proper balance/footwork after the initial point of contact.

When asked about the type of player he brings to the field and in the locker room the Madison County product stated to NoleGameday “ I’m a leader on and off the field. If you ask me to do something consider it done.” He added, “ I play like it’s the last time I’ll ever play the game again, and I’d regret it my whole life if I didn’t push myself harder when I had the chance you know?”
In spite of growing up an avid Florida fan during the Tim Tebow and Aaron Hernandez days, the 16-year-old noted that “FSU is in a good spot since they were my first Power 5 offer,”
Could Zane Herring follow 2019 teammate Travis Jay to Tallahassee and become the next Madison County Cowboy to play for the Seminoles? Only time will tell as the 6-foot-5 offensive tackle plans to attend more camps throughout the summer and gain exposure to powerhouse programs before a National Signing Day that’s more than 2 years away for rising juniors.


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