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Mark Whipple changed his recruiting travel schedule in order to go visit someone the Panthers have been prioritizing for the last month.
Originally, Whipple was scheduled to spend most of the day in Georgia to meet with a couple of 2020 tight ends, Carter Boatwright and Jackson Manning. However, as we reported mid-morning, those visits were postponed after we learned Whipple would instead be in Florida.
Last night, we confirmed that Whipple was in Madison, Florida to talk with 3-star offensive lineman Zane Herring (6’5″, 310), who’s currently committed to Florida State.
We believe Pat Narduzzi is still looking to add multiple offensive lineman to his Class of 2020 and Herring is someone they’re very much hoping to flip.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Herring Tuesday evening to talk to him about his day with Whipple.
“He told me about the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt sharing a facility and that they practice about the same time and it’s a good time and chance to be seen not only by the Steelers but other NFL recruiters,” said Herring. “Coach also told me that they have some of the best and nicest facilities in the country and the Pitt coaches are great family like people and I’d be in good hands up there.”
It wasn’t lost on Herring that Whipple re-arranged his schedule in order to travel to Florida to spend some time with him.
“That shows me that they care for me and want me which is always a great thing to experience not only as a recruit but as a teenager, so it’s pretty special.”
While Herring appreciates the attention Pitt is giving him, he’s still committed to the Florida State program and won’t make any final decisions on his future until they name a head coach which he hopes happens soon.
“It’d be great if they could resolve their coaching situation because it would probably help my situation out a lot and make it easier,” Herring told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It’s been hard but I’ve been committed to the Florida State program for a long time and it would take some time and effort for me to de-commit.”
“Pitt is going in the right direction as in making me feel wanted and making a plan for me and their program. I’m not saying I will de-commit but they’re headed in the right direction.”
Starting this weekend, Pitt will be hosting players on official visits and that’s something Pitt is trying to get Herring to do.
“He did bring it up but he said for me to focus on my state game and that he’ll hit me up about an official visit after that and after Florida State finds a coach.”