The Cleveland High School quarterback who set record with 5,709 yards and 55 touchdowns during his two seasons as a starter for the Blue Raiders committed to the University of Memphis.
The Tigers, a Football Bowl Subdivision team, were coached from 1981-83 by the legendary John “Rex” Dockery, who was killed in a plane crash in 1983.
Herink threw for 3,411 yards and 35 TDs in his senior season for the Raiders who reached the state Class 5A semifinals. He is the third straight quarterback to choose an FBS program. Tucker Tipton, who played at the Air Force Academy, and Chad Voytik, currently at the University of Pittsburgh, signed previously.
Early in the recruiting process Herink received interest from Tennessee, Georgia, Duke, Cincinnati, and Mississippi State while receiving offers from Eastern Kentucky, Virginia Military Institute and Youngstown State before recruiting on the top prospect cooled.
Herink was asked by UT-Martin to grayshirt before receiving a scholarship. The 6-3, 205-pound lefty considered the offer and also pondered going to Cleveland State Community College while serving as a volunteer assistant for the Blue Raiders.
As interest in the Cleveland QB revived, Herink made a trip to Memphis during spring break where he liked what he saw in the Bluff City. After a visit to Middle Tennessee State University, he gave the “thumbs up” to the Tigers.