Fort Bend Dulles linebacker Brandon Herron exploded on the recruiting scene early this spring. No one knew him, but his frame, speed and limited tape screamed sleeper.
He impressed college scouts and thought he was home free when the University of Texas began sincerely courting him. However, after he attended a Longhorn summer camp and Texas began receiving commitments like a Jerry Lewis Telethon, the line of communication went quiet.
"I played just to play last season," Herron said. "I wasn't even dreaming of getting a scholarship. I was never expecting to have 13 offers by this time, and I feel blessed.
"As far as Texas goes, I haven't heard from them. Coach (Mack) Brown told me he had the last word as related to offers. He told me that I would hear from Texas by the Friday after the camp I went to. I haven't really heard from them."
Since Texas has cooled off, colleges have been jumping at the opportunity to recruit Herron. He has unofficially visited a few schools and likes Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Michigan.
"I really like Nebraska and could really commit there by the middle of the season," Herron said. "I just haven't seen the campus. At Nebraska, I think I could see some playing time as a freshman and sophomore and I like that, but I'm going to stay humble and go through this recruiting process.
"My father is telling me to be patient and take all of my visits, but it's hard because so many other kids have committed. They are excited about where they are going and I'd like to have that feeling. My coach thinks I should go ahead and do this thing in case I get injured or something. It's just a weird situation."
Colorado is the last school to have offered and is gaining momentum.
"The coaches there are coming pretty hard and want me to come be the next great Colorado linebacker," he said. "I also like Coach (Joe) DeForest at OSU. He's doing a good job."
For now, Herron passes the time working out and working at Sonic this summer still waiting on that Texas offer.
"I'm ready to get back to football and stop working," he laughs. "Another reason I'm being patient is to see if Texas jumps back into the process."