After having been committed to Rutgers since May, offensive lineman Justin Herron decided that Wake Forest is a better place for him. The Potomac (Md.) Bullis School star quietly took an official visit to the North Carolina school last weekend.
"On the visit I saw the business school and it was is fantastic," said the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Herron. "I do have to work hard to get in and I will, but that was a big thing that sold me. Another big thing was the family feel at Wake Forest. My host was an offensive lineman and I just blended in. Some places that recruited me just saw me as a regular guy that wasn't part of the family. The guys at Wake Forest treated me like one of the guys."
The new staff made a very good impression on Herron.
"I liked the coaching staff and they already have won championships," he said. "They have shown that they can build programs up. The thing about coach (Nick) Tabacca that really drew me in was how enthusiastic he was. He played high Division I football, so he knows what he is talking. He is enthusiastic about coaching here and I feel like his enthusiasm is going to rub off on me and make me work harder.
"They told that they want me as a left tackle. They said that if come in and compete and make them feel like I can help them win I could play. They also said that, in a perfect world, they would redshirt me and develop me for another four years."
Heron was one of the earliest commits for Rutgers, but things changed in Herron's mind.
"I love Rutgers, but I feel like Wake Forest is a better fit for me because it is a small school and I go to a small school," he said. "I don't think I would fit well at a big school with large classes. The education was a big part of my decision. I didn't use Rutgers to get what I wanted. I thought I was really going to go there.
"They fired coach Robo. He was a huge coach there for me and he was the guy that recruited me. Coach (Ron) Prince left also, so the two coaches that recruited me to come up there are gone. I didn't really feel the same connections with the other coaches that were up there so that was a big reason."
Herron is rated as a three-star and is rank as the No. 57 offensive tackle in the country.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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