RIVERDALE — It was a long and busy day for Riverdale football coach Terry Herrod on Tuesday.
Aside from his full load of teaching duties, Herrod spent most of the day entertaining college coaches and fielding calls from others.
When you have an abundance of college-like talent, this can be a busy time of year for a high school coach.
“In a way, it is a good problem to have,” Herrod said late Tuesday evening.
The main attraction at Riverdale has been wide receiver Rashad Canty, considered a three-star wide receiver prospect by all the recruiting services. Since late June, Canty had been committed to sign with Appalachian State, an incoming member of the Sun Belt Conference.
But a breakout 2013 season that including 52 receptions and nine touchdowns got his phone buzzing from college coaches. He took a visit to Minnesota in late October, and then the speculation began that he would flip on his Appalachian State commitment.
After a weekend visit to Wake Forest he decided to decommit from the Mountaineers as Wake Forest, Boise State, Middle Tennessee State and Minnesota have all made offers. Suddenly he had a chance to play in the high-profile Big Ten and ACC.
There was also indication that SEC schools Missouri and Vanderbilt would come with late offers. Tuesday, that offer came when new Vandy coach Derek Mason offered Canty.
“Vandy has sort of been his dream school,” Herrod said. And Canty eagerly accepted the Vandy offer from Mason after a brief conversation with his mother, Angela.
But the recruiting process is nothing new to Herrod, who recently completed his first year at Riverdale. He had gone through this before while working at Dutchtown.
Last January, he was highly involved in former Dutchtown player Donovahn Jones’ flip from Missouri to Minnesota, which made national headlines.
So far, Riverdale has four players that have made verbal commits ahead of National Signing Day on Feb. 5. Herrod is expecting about seven to nine players to sign a college scholarship.
He said it sets a high standard for his underclassmen.
“These freshmen, sophomores and juniors see all these college coaches coming through our hallways, and it serves as motivation,” Herrod said. “It is good for our school.”
The scene at Riverdale is being played out in high schools throughout the country as college coaches look to make their final pitches to prospects. In between offseason workouts, junior prospects are getting attention from colleges.
There is no quiet time for high school coaches.
“It can be hectic, and you do look forward to some down time,” Herrod said. “But we are here to help the kids.”
And Herrod gets high marks from his players in that category.
“Coach has been there for me throughout this process,” Canty said. “He knows the questions to ask since he has been there before.”
And he hopes the process continues throughout his tenure at Riverdale.
Derrick Mahone is sports editor of the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter? Follow him @DerrickMahone_.