At one point in the recruitment of Tom Herzog, either Michigan, Notre Dame or Michigan State had been at the top of his list. After taking his time and doing his homework, Herzog, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center from Flint (Mich.) Powers High School, announced his commitment to Michigan State this morning.
"There was a lot that went into the decision," said Herzog, the No. 53 ranked prospect in the Rivals150. "In the end I just felt that Michigan State was the best school for me.
"It is close to home, so my parents can watch me play. Coach Izzo is a great coach, and all the assistants are great coaches. Coach Izzo has a ton of connections in the NBA, and Assistant Coach Boylen has been in the NBA for a number of years and can help me a lot."
Herzog, who averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a junior, has very good timing as a shot blocker and a soft touch around the basket. His footwork in the post is advanced, but he often lacks the strength to finish. He runs well and his range should improve with time and strength. He has a great upside as a prospect.
Herzog is confident that with added strength he can contribute to the Spartans his freshman year.
"If I can gain strength and put on some more pounds, I feel I can contribute right away," he said. "The main thing I will be working on this year is lifting weights.
"I've met with the strength and conditioning coach at Michigan State a few times. He has a very good program, and he is going to get me bigger and I'm going to do the work."