Terre Haute South junior quarterback Timmy Herrin had an opportunity to watch his mentor play when he went down to West Lafayette on Saturday and saw Danny Etling make his first start.
"Last weekend I went on an unofficial visit to Purdue," he said. "It was cool. Purdue is a really nice campus. They told me they wanted m to come to camp. It was fun being there for the first time, watching them warm up and especially seeing our old quarterback from last year get to play, and make his first start."
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Herrin had to step up this year and fill Eling's shoes. To date, he has completed 106 of 182 passes for 1,552 yards and 15 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He credits Etling for helping with his quick development.
"Having him helped a lot. I learned a lot from him last year teaching me coverages, reading routes, and overall as a football player, he's very very intelligent, and that helped me a lot. He helped me out his offseason too. It was nice having him there."
The college interest has come for Herrin and he already has an offer.
"I do have one offer from Bryant University in Rhode Island. I've gotten stuff from Northern Illinois and e-mails from Harvard and a couple of D2 schools. Toledo is interested in me too."
While Herrin has had a good year, he wants it to show up more in the wins and losses columns, so he will keep working and keep improving.
"It's been an up and down year. I feel like I've been playing alright, but I can always improve and do better. We've had a lot of close games where I felt like I could have done better to help us win. I feel like I've done a good job this year taking on the role as starting quarterback though."