Herbig is down to 2 schools: Cal and Stanford

Saint Louis' Nate Herbig will choose between going to Cal or Stanford. Dennis Oda /Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis’ Nate Herbig will choose between going to Cal or Stanford. Dennis Oda /Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis offensive lineman Nate Herbig is probably going to wait until the Feb. 3 signing day to choose which school he will commit to.

On Monday, Herbig told Hawaii Prep World that it’s between two schools — Cal and Stanford. He recently visited both campuses.

“I have a lot to think about,” Herbig said. “Cal is going in the right direction and they’re gonna be good. It’s hard to compete with Stanford, in the top three (No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll) in the country. Both are great schools.”

Herbig, who is 6 feet 4 and 320 pounds, played at Kauai High before transferring to Saint Louis. He was a Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first-team pick last fall for the Division I state runner-up Crusaders.

“Growing up on Kauai, I always wanted to play for Kauai High and I got that opportunity,” he said. “And then I got the opportunity to play at Saint Louis. The friends I’ve made here will be my best friends for life. Coming to Saint Louis was the best decision I’ve made in my life.”

Herbig has offers from nine other schools: Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Washington and Washington State.

In June, Herbig made an oral commitment to Stanford on a taped segment with sportscasters Rob DeMello and Sam Spangler on KHON-2 TV’s 6 p.m. news.

Since then, he decommitted in order to keep his options open.


  1. Mahatma Gandhi January 25, 2016 9:24 pm

    wow, the guy is HUGE. Already NFL size. When I played in the 1970s, maybe 1 offensive lineman was over 200 lbs.
    Another St Louis recruit. You gotta wonder where he lived while attending St Louis. I knew one guy who told me he lived in an apartment in Kaimuki where also had 4 St Louis football players in the same apartment from far away also living. The alumni had to be picking up the rent.

  2. Qbcoach15 January 25, 2016 10:17 pm

    Mahatma Gandhi: wrong about your conspiracy theory of the alumni picking up his rent & living with four teammates.
    You and the “one guy who told you” need to get a hobby…

  3. Menehune January 25, 2016 10:42 pm

    I truly believe that people make up things because they know they can get away with it. You say 4 kids shared one apartment to go to St . Louis? i dare you to name them. I can also say that 10 Kahuku kids live in the same bedroom because they are poor and cannot afford a million dollar house.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi January 26, 2016 3:36 am

    Menehune, a co-worker of mine told me that one. No lie. He didn’t know their names, only that they were St Louis football players living in his apartment close to Kalaepohaku.. He said one was from Waianae. That would be the same time period when James Sunia and Faaolo Alovao were playing for the Crusaders. They were from Waianae. Maybe it was them.

  5. Sickman Fraud January 26, 2016 5:01 am

    Private schools “recruit” as does some powerhouse public schools. If they are provided housing in the ” financial aid” , good for them. Why not use the system to their benefit, Herbig gets a choice between two powerhouse academic universities. If he had stayed in Kauai maybe not.

  6. Kamu Ellis January 26, 2016 7:39 am

    These are real schools (Cal & Stanford). UH is a joke.

  7. neighbor January 26, 2016 7:43 am

    total lie. I know, was a neighbor. grandparents rented, moved to from kauai, lived in apartment so he could attend st. louis. really nice local family. stop with your mean and false comments about them.

  8. Willie Yee January 26, 2016 9:53 am

    Cal and Stanford are both great academic institutions, and a degree from either school will serve Nate well in the future. I’ve visited both schools and found the campus vibe to be quite different. Just my opinion, but I think that there’s more of a family feeling at Cal than Stanford.

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