Avon, Ind., offensive tackle DeAndre Herron had to deal with a massive Midwest snowstorm, lots of travel and a lack of sleep to take part in two camps with similar names this past weekend, but he overcame those obstacles to post two noteworthy performances.
The 6-6, 300-pound Herron was in Ann Arbor for the Best of the Midwest Showcase on Sunday and Indianapolis for the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday. His appearance in Ann Arbor pitted him against several defensive linemen sporting offers, including 250 to watch list member Danny O'Brien and Avon, Ohio defensive end Bryan Cox Jr..
"Going in there, I already had the mindset I was going to be the best on the o-line," Herron said. "I came in, did some drills, listened to what they were coaching me up on and performed well in the one-on-ones. I wasn't satisfied with how I did - I thought I could have done better - but it's one of those things I will continue working harder on."
Going into Monday's combine in Indianapolis, Herron knew he would be facing one of his state's best in Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central defensive tackle Sheldon Day.
"I was sore from the car ride over to Ann Arbor, but I wasn't going to let that faze me. It was some good competition, and I came in to face Sheldon Day since he is the big man on campus with 13 offers. I could say at the end of the day we were evenly matched. He won a couple and I won a couple."
Herron's recent performances are likely to garner the big Indiana lineman additional interest from colleges, but at this point he is still waiting on that first scholarship offer.
"Right now, schools are just showing interest, but no offers," Herron said. "I get letters here and there and I talk to coaches when they send me their first letter. They just tell me when I talk with them to keep in touch. Some of them want me to come down and visit."
At this stage of the process, Herron said he is hearing the most from Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
"There's a junior day this weekend I was supposed to go to [at Wisconsin], but I can't go to that because we have a weightlifting competition," Herron said. "I'll have to call up there to see if I can reschedule or come up for a spring practice."
Herron has already been a visitor on Wisconsin's campus. He attended the Badger's home contest against San Jose State back in September.
"After I visited, we kept in contact a little bit," Herron said. "They sent me their junior day invite, and I get propaganda stuff from there. I haven't talked with a coach up there yet."
There are no favorites for Herron starting the process, and he is being patient while waiting to see which schools have the highest level of interest in him.
"I just am soaking it all in, and whoever wants to contact me can contact me," he said. "I am open to anybody. I just want to play college football."