Fort Myers (Fla.) offensive center Tate Hernly is still waiting on his first offer, but plenty of schools are showing interest. He visited two in-state schools last weekend.
"Last Saturday I visited with Coach (Dennis) Smith and Coach (Tim) Cramsey at FIU," Hernly said. "I spent a lot of time with the touring the football facilities and talking about the new FIU offense. They are very interested in me as a center. No offer yet but, they have also talked with (Fort Myers) Coach (Sammy) Sirianni and I think one may be close. I am going back in a couple weeks to meet the rest of the staff. They actually sent me 10 hand written letters yesterday.
"Sunday I attended Miami's junior day," Hernly continued."It was a great event and I learned a tremendous amount about Miami and their staff. Since there were only two other offensive lineman there, I spent a lot of quality time with Coach (Art) Kehoe and (Jedd) Fisch. They too see me as a center. Coach Fisch actually told me to make my name as a center. I am planning on returning to their spring practice this Sunday and attending their spring scrimmage in Fort Myers."
The visits won't slow down as Hernly is planning to check out another in-state school this weekend.
"Tomorrow I am visiting UCF to meet with Coach (Kirk) Callahan and Coach (Brent) Key," Hernly said. "They are going to show me the facilities and talk football. I am also returning for their junior day on March 24th. They indicate they are very interested in me as a center also and want to ramp up the recruiting process."
Even though he is without an offer, he is receiving a lot of attention from schools around the nation.
"In addition to receiving continuing correspondence from USF, BC, and Duke, I also gett mail from Missouri, Ball State, Western Kentucky, Buffalo, and several Ivy League schools," Hernly said. "Invitations to their spring games and such.
"Lastly, Tennessee has contacted Coach Sirianni and told him they are very interested in me," Hernly added. "No offer at this time but, they told him they will be talking with him soon."
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman is excited about what he expects to happen in the near future.
"These are definitely exciting times for me and I think serious offers are right around the corner," Hernly said.