Cali JUCO WR Jacoby Herring high on UMass, excited for visit

With the push to National Signing Day in full swing, the Minutemen have hit the road all over the country visiting some of their top targets for the class of 2017. In Southern California, one of those targets is wide receiver Jacoby Herring.

Herring, a 6’5” wideout who checks in at 180 pounds, has spent the last two seasons at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA after playing his high school football at Citrus Hill High School in Perris, CA. He holds offers from FCS schools Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern Louisiana, but does not yet have one from the Minutemen. He has three years to play two at his next collegiate stop, and he caught up with Fight Massachusetts to talk about his recruitment and his upcoming visit to UMass.

“UMass is number one on my list,” Herring said. “They've had their eye on me since spring of last year, came to my practice at RCC and (stayed in contact). No other schools have been hitting me up lately, I assume they would start back up as we get closer to signing day.”

As we said, Herring does not yet hold an offer from UMass, however that does not concern him at this point.

“I think they're waiting for the visit on that one,” Herring said. “I know they feel strongly about me and I do believe they are just going to lay everything on the table for the visit.”

At 6’5” Herring is an imposing target on the outside. His size is a big advantage for him going up against defensive backs, but according to him, it’s not the only thing he brings to the offense.

“I love to play aggressive,” Herring said. “Being 6'5" it gives me the advantage from the start, but when it comes to my route running, run after catch, et cetera, I play like a smaller guy, meaning I have great feet and awareness. I like to think people underestimate that about me because they think I’m just a tall guy that jumps. I can do that, but there's more to my game.”

Herring let us know he likes the opportunity provided by the Minutemen’s pro-style offense, and he believes UMass gives him the chance to practice and perfect it in college which in turn would help him in moving on to the next level.

Being from California Herring has not been to Massachusetts before, but is very much looking forward to seeing UMass’ Amherst campus.

“I actually have done some research on the campus itself and I love the look of it,” Herring said. “The town looks like it’s full of down to earth people that can make it feel like a new home. I also love the football facilities and the academic buildings. I’m just looking forward to seeing everything in person and seeing my possible new home.”

Herring told us he’s looking to study Criminal Justice and Forensics, something that has interested him since he was a kid.

Herring, who gave a strong indication that he could commit if offered on his visit, let us know what he was looking for in a four-year school.

“On and off the field I’m just looking to learn,” Herring said. “I want to grow and be somewhere that will push me to my full potential so I can help win some championships. I already see the love from the UMass fans and I just can’t wait to grow and learn more.”

Herring is the type of JUCO wide receiver UMass could really use. He has great size, good hands and mobility, and the experience in a tough junior college conference in SoCal that he can translate to the FBS level. Given the dearth of game-ready wide receivers UMass has had over the last several recruiting cycles, landing a JUCO transfer that can step in and play immediately next season is important. If he does in fact receive an offer on his visit, he should be a part of the 2017 class for UMass.

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