Donta Herrod has emphasized that he's focused on his senior season and not recruiting. That doesn't mean college coaches aren't interested in him, and an ACC school has recently left a good impression with the standout safety.
"Virginia is moving up my list," said the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson. "You can add UVA to the schools you already know about -- Georgia, Michigan, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee and those type of schools.
"I definitely want to play for a winning program. I want to go somewhere were I can compete for conference and national championships. But like I've said before, now I'm mostly concerned with making my own high school team better."
Herrod runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and doubled as a safety and wide receiver last year for H.D. Woodson. He has an offer from Syracuse, and other schools are keeping in touch with him through the mail each day.
"I went to the Maryland camp earlier this summer and I really liked that. I like their coaches approach to the game and how they want you to be physical and work on details. I'm going to go to Syracuse later this summer."
Herrod doesn't want to sit around wherever he goes.
"Playing time is going to be a big factor in my decision. I want to be able to compete for some time on the field early in my time in college. Whether that be on offense, defense or special teams, I just want to get out there and prove myself."
Last year Herrod had 150 tackles and seven interceptions at safety. In his career he has more than 450 tackles. As a receiver Herrod caught 22 passes for 350 yards and he also returned several punts for scores.
"I'll make my decision after my senior season," he said. "Now it's about preparing for a great year."