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Wilson junior golf phenom Jake Herring insists he has known all along that he wanted North Carolina State University to be the next stop in his educational process and the next step in his golf career.
The 15-year-old sophomore at Fike High will have that opportunity.
The Herring family recently announced that Jake has verbally committed to accept a golf scholarship with the Wolfpack. He will be eligible to sign in November, 2019.
The Herring youth explained he occasionally speaks by phone with N.C. State head coach Press McPhaul and, during one conversation, McPhaul informed Herring he wanted to offer him a scholarship..
Herring, the reigning 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year, verbally committed.
“I love the coaches, the facility and the school,” Herring said. “That’s where I have always wanted to play and I am glad to be able to play for the Wolfpack. I’ve got to keep working and, hopefully, do some big things.”
N.C. State has been a top option for Herring because his father, Charlie, continued his education there.
“I have always been a State fan,” Herring explained. “I like the other sports and, now, I can go watch decent football, basketball and baseball teams. And the golf program is now (nationally ranked) in the top 25.
Herring has been an accomplished performer in Carolinas Golf Association-sanctioned events for the last few years, playing in the North Carolina Junior Open at age 13.
He posted a 73 average in his freshman season in the Big East and, in early June, emerged the overall champion in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s Bojangles Junior Open at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Greene County. Herring claimed Ages 13-14 supremacy and seized the overall championship by defeating the Ages 15-16 winner in a playoff.
Last spring, Herring dominated Wedgewood Public Golf Course’s high school invitational with a round of 5-under-par 67 and his career competitive low is a 65.
Herring, of course, has three more seasons left with the Golden Demons.
“If anything, it’s a relief,” he said of his verbal commitment. “I don’t have to worry about playing well enough to be noticed and have something come my way. Now, I can just go play golf and have fun.”